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The ^ Idea 


Vol. I 

July - '06 

No. 1 

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^ n^ The Idea ^ ^^ 

Gotten Out at Lynchburg, Virginia 

^-Tp\0 that King of American men of letters, nay, 
I more, that heterogeneous mixture in the Genus 
Homo, child and man, man and woman, prince 
and peasant, rebel patriot, student teacher, idealist- 
realist, pessimo-optimist, infidel- preacher, business man, 
author, humorous didactic, sincere affected, serio-comic, 
harsh and kind, bold and meek, brainy brawny, big 
and little, god and devil, wise and otherwise, and 
take him all in all a man, the like of whom I shall not 
look upon again, 


this, the first number of the "Idea," is affectionately 
dedicated; in the Month of July and in the "Age of 
Common Sense" the Year Eleven. 

^ ^ The Idea ^ *^ 

Vol. 1 JULY, 1906 No. 1 

Gotten up at Elsewhere, Va., by "The Minority," a 
Rebel Society, founded by Nathaniel Bacon, Hero and 
Revolutionist, patronized by Thomas Jeiferson, Pat- 
rick Henry and George Washington, Lovers of Liberty 
all, and now revived by another band of Virginia 
Rebels, jealous of the cause of Liberty in their Na- 
tive State whose official seal is the rebel yell "Down 
with the Tyrant." 

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We would not have you think from an exposition 
of so much wrong-doing that Lynchburg is such a bad 
place after all. In spite of such circumstances as 
you will find set forth in these pages Lynchburg is a 
most admirable place in which to live. It is un- 
surpassed both for its natural scenery and, in a com- 
mercial way, as a manufacturing and distributing cen- 
ter. We love Lynchburg. It is our home and native 
land. We are proud of what its citizens have done and 
of what it is, but we are utterly disgusted with certain 
LITTLE and crooked and narrowminded doings of a 
few who have it in their power to greatly benefit the 


town and make an enviable name for themselves. We 
love Lynchburg, but we cannot keep quiet and refrain 
from publishing these facts, shameful though they 
be, when we think that by making them public we 
can do our part and make the town clean, politically 
and morally. 

This number of the Idea will be devoted largely to 
local municipal affairs; at other times political, re- 
ligious, social and industrial freedom in city and state 
and nation will have due attention. 

This paper is by no means intended to be a newspa- 
per nor a literary paper but the kicking, fighting organ 
of that spirit which founded the Union to resist 
oppression. Whenever the Union exists for any other 
purpose than as the means of the people "to protect 
themselves, establish justice, promote the general wel- 
fare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves 
and our posterity" then the "Idea" is ready to cry 
with every other true Virginian, and in the language 
of that Prince of Revolutionists, Jack London, "To 
Hell with the Constitution." 

^ ^B ^ 

The "Idea" was born in the Objective Case. It came 
a-kicking, and if it ever dies it will die a-kicking. 


"Writers seldom write the things they think. They 
simply write the things they think other people think 
they think."— Hubbard. 

May the day never come when the blood of righteous 
rebellion shall slacken its course in the veins of Vir- 

Woe be the day when this government, founded by 
revolutionists, shall grow fat on oppression and sup- 
pression of revolutionary doctrines. 

"Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty." 

This little magazine is not afraid of the Devil Him- 
self (or Herself). Don't the little yaller thing beat 
the Devil anyhow! 

So much by way of preamble; now for business. 

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The Honorable Carter Grass made a trip to Rich- 
mond, and while in the Capital City he made an ad- 
dress, and in that address he found occasion to make 
the proud boast that no scandal had ever fouled the 
Political atmosphere of Lynchburg. In view of that 


statement, how does this sound: A very few years 
agone the City Council bought a lot on the corner of 
Court and Tenth Streets on which to build a new Pub- 
lic High School. Soon after this same said Carter 
Grass, who was a member of the Council at the time, 
bought PRIVATELY from the same City Council, of 
which he was a member, this same said lot for a very 
much smaller price than the Council paid for it. We 
are informed, however, that the deed was not recorded 
at the time (ostensibly for the reason that the same 
said Carter was ashamed to let the people know how 
he had faked them) but was recorded a few months 
later when it became known that the same said Carter 
Grass had sold that said lot to other parties at an enor- 
mous profit to himself. Now this quiet transaction 
savors very much of scandal to us; but the people, 
for the most part, were kept blissfully ignorant of the 
shady bargain for the reason that the same said Carter 
Grass owned all of the newspaper facilities of the town. 

^b ^ ^ 

'*Ma«ny a man's reputation would not know his char- 
acter if they met on the street." — Hubbard. 

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ANOTHER FACT: A few weeks ago one of the cars 
of the Traction Company ran over and killed an old 
lady about ninety years old. The next morning the 


new city editor of the News came out in a sharp edi- 
torial of criticism of the Traction Company for not 
keeping fenders on the cars to avoid such accidents in 
the future. Just as soon, however, as Mr. Apperson, 
the "Spiritual" editor, and Mr. Glass, the "Nominal" 
editor, could get into communication, an editorial came 
out in the paper saying that it was all right for the 
Traction Company to run their cars without fenders 
after all. It was a mistake that the Car Company had 
been scored so. The editor had not been in harness 
long enough to know the relationship that existed be- 
tween Messrs. Apperson and Glass and he therefore 
had spoken rather hastily. Since then the Editor 
that gave so much promise of good has been careful 
not to say anything that would hurt the interests of 
the Company, even if it were necessary for the Pub- 
lic good. So now we have the space that might be 
used for good breezy editorials given over to such 
articles as "How to Keep Baby Cool in Summer," and 
"The Latest Creation in Hats for the Fair Sex." 

^ •* ^ 
"An ounce of performance is worth a pound of 
preachment." — Hubbard. 

^ ^ •* 

"The man who shuffles his opinions to match ours is 
seen through quickly. We want none of him." — Hub- 


One of the Editors suggests that our Republican 
friend Mr. Glass, the Editor of the "News," will perhaps 
not like the way we have told on him. Well, if he 
don't, he may do as Teddy did when they got too close 
to him. He just hollered. We think with some of 
the great weeklies that have done so much to expose 
crookedness in high places, that where there is muck, 
there is need of a muck-rake. 

If there had been no muck in politics and morals in 
this vicinity the present number of the "Idea" would 
have been an entirely different paper. 

" ^ ^ 

When Officer Short obeyed the law as he should have 
done, the weak-kneed police board, instead of com- 
mending the oflficer's obedience and discharging the 
chief for ever making such a rule, made the officer 
apologize. The chief, by not upholding his subordinate 
in the discharge of his sworn duty, and taking the 
blame upon himself for ever making such a fool rule, 
showed his lack of courage and unfitness for office. 
The board admitted that the chief was to blame by 
ordering that the rule in question be anulled, but for 
some inexplicable reason saddled the responsibility on 
the minor officer, and added insult to injury by making 
him publicly apologize to a law-breaker whom he had 
arrested. All honor to Officer Short. All dishonor to 
Chief Pendleton and Messrs. Watts, Adams & Harvey. 


The City Conncil, at a recent meeting:, had the au- 
'dacity to give to the Lynchburg Traction & Light Co., 
the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000.00), just for 
the privilege of letting the Company rob the people an- 
other year at the exorbitant price of eighteen cents 
a night for the street lights. And the curious part 
about it is, there does not seem to have been one word 
of protest to the high-handed scheme on the part of a 
single councilman. 

^^ ^o •» 

If you want another issue of the "Idea," say "yes." 
Don't everybody speak at once. We understand how it 
is; perhaps you can't afford to openly say that you 
sanction the idea, and yet I will bet my hat that in 
your heart you are saying, "I am glad of it." 

^ t ^B 

"Don't run after women, for if you don't they will 
run after you." — Hubbard. 

^^ t •» 

She: "What is better than an idea?" 

He: "Too much for me." 

She: "Two of them, of course.'* 

^ ^ " 
"Verily in the midst of life we are in debt." — Hub- 

^^ ^ t 
"Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good 
we oft might win by fearing to attempt." — Shake- 


A city ordinance requires the owners of large office 
buildings and hotels to equip such buildings with suit- 
able fire escapes, but the other day Mr. Krise appeared 
before the council and got that honorable body to 
waive the ordinance in the case of the Kfise Building, 
the largest office building in the town and the building 
that needs a fire escape more than any other building 
here. But Mr. Krise is an influential and wealthy 
citizen and is on intimate terms with the councilmen, 
and so what he says goes. 

Now we do not think that such a thing could happen 
if the councilmen knew that there was a public-spirit- 
ed paper in Lynchburg. 

•? ^ ^ 

"There are many deeply religious people outside the 
church, but those inside usually call them infidels." — 

" ^ t 

"If pleasures are greater in anticipation, just re- 
member that this is true also of troubles." — Hubbard. 

tif. Vt *(, 
"There Is no copyright on stupidity." — Hubbard. 



About three months ago Miss C, whose health was 
broken down from overwork and the thoughts of pov- 
erty, suffered an attack of nervous prostration. Her 
sister who was living with her was unable to give her 
proper care, and the case was thus brought to the at- 
tention of the city oificers. 

Chief Pendleton sent the police van in charge of an 
officer to convey the old lady to the court house, there 
to be examined as to her mental condition. Imag- 
ine the grief and indignation of these two old people 
when they saw how the sick one was to be treated. 
When they saw that their protests were of no avail, 
the well sister asked to accompany the sick one in the 
van to the court house. The officer in charge rudely 
brushed her aside and would not let her go along to 
attend an extremely sick woman. A little later the 
officer in question, Mr. Tankersley, was asked over 
the phone why he had made the feeble old lady, already 
distracted with nervousness, suffer the additional ner- 
vous shock of being hauled through the public streets 
in a prison car. His reply was: "All criminals 
must be treated alike." Now who is responsible for 
such a shocking affair? Who gives orders such as this? 
Who treats nervous people, simply because they are 
unable to resist, as criminals even before they are 
adjudged fit for the asylum? To ask such a ques- 
tion is to answer it. Everybody knows that 


Chief Pendleton is the head of this diabolical system 
that is ruthlessly treading on the rights of the 
people. No one with the first touch of humanity 
would ever make such a rule that would thus oppress 
the weak and already oppressed by fortune, and the 
people of Lynchburg have gotten enough of such ac- 
tions on the part of the Chief Police, and if the Police 
Board were not such weaklings as they proved them- 
selves in the case of Officer Short, they would not tol- 
erate it a second. But they have instructed the police 
to obey public opinion instead of the law, and nothing 
more can be expected of them. Nothing but public 
indignation will get them to move. And since public 
indignation is nearly always suppressed by the Lynch- 
burg News for fear of hurting some of the INTERESTS 
of the management it seems that nothing can be done 
until we get another newspaper in the town. 

Now, if the people of Lynchburg show by their pat- 
ronage of this little sheet that they want a daily here, 
we will see that they get a live and fearless one, that 
with due regard for common decency will call a spade 
a spade, and a bull a bull, and incidentally, ere long 
we will have a Chief Police worthy of his little job. 

Thus endeth the first lesson. 

•o W^ ^ 

"We want less governing and the ideal government 
will arrive when there is no government at all." — 


Lynchburg: is a city of some thirty-two thousand 
population, with the best public school system in tlie 
State, and many other excellent literary institutions, 
and organizations, including two or three colleges, 
and, take it all in all, is a most progressive and intel- 
lectual community; and yet it is not the proud home of 
a single newspaper. The people seem to be content to 
jog along without one. They pay their taxes, for the 
most part, without grumbling or asking any CLuestions 
as to why they are so high — and they are very high 
in Lynchburg. So the people l^ke it as easily as they 
can; they work hard during the week and put on their 
Sunday clothes on the Sabbath and go to church in 
the morning, and to the parks, perhaps, in the after- 
noon, thus rounding out each little day ignorant of 
what is going on in the world at large, and without 
any hope of bettering conditions at home. I said ig- 
norant; I forgot to say that a good many of them do 
get a newspaper from Eichmond, the "Times-Dispatch,* 
a most creditable journal, but they are in the minor- 
ity, and then, too, the Times-Dispatch knows very lit- 
tle about conditions in Lynchburg that would be in- 
teresting if aired. I also failed to mention the fact 
that a paper is published in the town, not a newspaper, 
though, though it bears the name of "News," edited 
and owned by one Karter Grass, I believe. Honorable 
they call him, for does he not misrepresent his (^is- 

trict in the National House? But the paper abso- 
lutely refuses to publish news until it sees how it looks 
set up in the Baltimore "Sun" or the New York or 
B,ichmond papers; and even then it is extremely ex- 
clusive in the character of the news it. publishes for 
fear that something will slip in derogatory to the 
interests of the corporations that own the city fran- 
chises; for, strange to say, the interests of the paper 
and the corporations seem to be the same. Thus the 
citizens are largely ignorant of the fact that they pay 
more than is paid in other towns for private lights, 
both gas and electric, and also for the public electric 
lights on every other corner, unless the odd corner 
happens to be near the home of a councilman or a man 
of influence, or on one of the main streets. 

The city pays eighteen cents apiece a night for the 
street lights while our next door neighbor Danville 
pays only about thirteen cents a light. We also pay 
fifty cents a globe for incandescent lights. Danville 
pays twenty-five cents, we are told. "We pay a dollar 
thirty-five for gas while other towns less than half; 
fifty-eight cents in Manchester, Eng., for instance, and 
there the town makes big dividends at that low figure, 
which go into the public treasury to lighten the tax 
rate. Yet to read the "News" one would think that 
Mr. Apperson, the President of the Light Company, 
was some philanthropist and public benefactor, so often 


is he eulogized. Yet this is the company that owns 
all the power, all the traction, all the gas, all the elec- 
tric lighting facilities and franchises of the town, and 
actually claimed before the city council last week 
that they owned the very land through the city streets 
on which the tracks were laid. It happened thusly: 
On account of certain abuses of the privileges granted 
the company by the city one of the councilmen Mr. 
long offered a resolution requiring the company to lay 
its tracks under the supervision of the City Engineer, 
and Judge Horsley, counsel for the company, made the 
astounding claim above stated. Verily they think 
they own the town, and they do, almost. 

Now it may seem strange that Mr. Grass, the Editor 
above referred to, does not espouse the cause of the 
people and expose some of these monster grievances. 
Is he not a Democrat? and a representative? Well, you 
see it is this way: Mr. Apperson is a wise man, he 
knows how to handle Mr. Grass. Both he and Mr. 
Grass are directors of the American National Bank 
and of course Mr. Grass does not want to lose the 
Traction Company's account from the bank. And Mr. 
Apperson's influence over Mr. Grass does not end here. 
Not long ago in a conversation in reference to certain 
proposed schemes of the company that were not being 
proposed purely for the public good, Mr. Apperson 
remarked, "Well, we will have to fix public opinion 


first." Now if there is anyone that thinks that he 
meant in any other way than through the columns of 
the "News" let him speak or forever hold his peace. 

^ ^ " 

He: "What is better than an idea?" 

She: "Don't know, give it up." 

He: You, Dear." 

If you find the subject matter of the "Idea" too much 
for your digestion just turn over a page and read the 
advertisements. They won't hurt you. 

Yes, Lynchburg has grown sick all for the want of 
a newspaper with an editor to it. You know news- 
papers need editors to 'em. Did you ever think of 

Now it takes certain things to make an editor. 
I surely won't be contradicted if I say that an editor 
needs a stomach. Yes, he needs a whole digestive 
apparatus. "Well, he can do without legs and even 
without hands, or eyes (one of the best we have 
ever known was blind), but he certainly ought to have 
a head; and then, too, he can hardly do without back- 
bone; ah! that's it — he must have backbone. I'd put 
that first. But I see I am wandering, I said that no 
newspaper was published in Lynchburg. 


The next song will be a dance. 

If a stranger arrives in lynchbnrg on one of the 
many mid-night trains he will find the depot in close 
proximity to scores of women in scarlet and gaudy 
colors advertising their wares from the doors and 
windows of ten separate houses of ill-fame all within 
a very few feet of the depot.. He may or may not see 
an oblivious policeman on the corner. Now a city 
ordinance forbids such things in Lynchburg, and the 
Chief Police is charged with the enforcement of the 
laws. He knows, as even the ladies of the town are 
forced to know, of the existence of these houses, and he, 
sitting in the police court, knows most of the occupants 
by name. 

A policeman was recently asked why he did not make 
some arrests and break up this state of affairs. He 
replied, "We don't get any thanks for arresting them, 
and are not upheld in our action when we do." 

You see the police must "use his discretion" in such 
matters. The Chief-of-Police, a very big man, too — 
around the waist I mean — about six feet if I mistake 
not; the Chief-of-Police, I say, lives about three and a 
half blocks from the Court House. Between his home 
and the Court House, about half way, is a house of ill- 
fame that has been a notorious one for years, and the 
Chief very often passes right by the gate to and from 
court and he knows, without being told by the police, 


either, all about the nmch-latticed house with three 
private entrances (for the public only). The house 
is on a street very little used by vehicles — too steep- 
yet one can easily see almost any wet morning the 
tracks of rubber-tired hack wheels in the red clay; 
for they are about the only vehicles that go that way 
except the beer wagons. But the Chief must not offend 
public opinion (of a few) by knowing these things. 
Yet he does know them, and he openly countenances 
the infraction of the law. I need hardly ask who is 
to blame — the chief, the board, or the patrolmen. 
Certainly not the last, for he is instructed by the com- 
missioners to obey the law only when it is popular. 
And the Lynchburg "News" simply keeps quiet. 

"Dignity Is the mask behind which we hide our 
ignorance." — Hubbard. 

. ^ 

Those who ought to know tell me that the Western 
State Hospital at Staunton is as much in need of an 
investigation at the hands of the legislature as the 
Eastern Hospital, which the present investigation is 
finding so rottenly managed. 

"If I were a woman I would cultivate the fine art 
of listening. No woman can talk as interestingly as 
she can look." — Hubbard. 


AND YET ANOTHER: The gas and electricity fur- 
nished to the people hy the Traction & Light Company 
has been of a very inferior quality and quantity for 
so long a time that the people have almost forgot- 
ten what a real good gas jet can do. The consumers 
have kicked until they are tired of it. Some of them 
have had to put in acetylene gas, which costs more, 
and the "Home Acelytene Light Co," is doing a good 
business in the city. 

One of the leading Jobbing Houses here kicked and 
kicked till their kicker was sore, and then put in acety- 
lene; and then one of the Traction Company represen- 
tatives came around and tried to persuade thorn to go 
back to the old inferior gas, and made all manner of 
excuses for the past bad service, and promises for the 
future, and actually asked why they had not said 
something about the bad service. The Company does 
not pay any attention to kicks until it is forced to, 
simply because it does not have to. See? Individual 
kicking against a corporation don't amount to much 
when there is nothing else to do but take your medi- 
cine, especially when the only daily paper is con- 
trolled by the corporation. There are all kinds of slav- 
ery you know, all kinds. 



REVOLUTIONIST: One who advocates making a 
change for the better. 

CONSERVATIVE: One who is willing to let bad 
enough alone. 

REBEL: A revolutionist who will fight. 

Of the latter class were George Washington and the 

"A millionaire: One who has discovered a weakness 
in mankind and then fans and feeds it for a considera- 
tion." — Hubbard. 

"I don't care how many lies are told about me, but 
for goodness' sake don't tell all the truth about me." 
You, You, You. 


And now, for your digestion, a bit of philosophic verse. 

(A Soliloquy.) 

Mystery! cold Mystery! 
Deep is thy stream and black, 
As black as night and cold; 

Broad are thy banks and far between; 

Thy fall is slow, 

And slow thy onward flow; 

So weird art thou, and secret too, 

That none may know 

Whence thou hast come 

Or whither thou wilt go. 

1 stand at midnight on thy marshy brink, 

And try to pierce with eyes distend thy darkness thick: 

Mystery! hear thou my cry. 

My prayer disconsolate. 

The pleading meditation of my soul, 

And tell me what is life, 

Its whither and its whence. 

For you two waters flow not separate. 

Mystery! drear Mystery! 

what is life, and what are we 

That have it, yet so meager ly? 

And what is action? — ' 

This changing, writhing, unending energy, 

This scene so meaningless. 

This strife so fierce — to know? 

And what is time? 

Is it spread on into eternity? 


And life and time, do they together flow? 

And does time stop when life stops here below? 

" If a man die, shall he live again?" 

And in another time? 

Or shall time be no more, nor life? 

And now we know no more 

That which went on before 

This life; 
Shall then we know this life 
When it, its care, its strife, 

Be o'er? 
And if life go at all, where does it go? 
And does it rest a while, or what, or what? 
When that great change does come. 
Is it but for a while; is it fore'er? 

And what is death? 
Does it exist, or is it not? 
But negativity and nothingness? 

speak, and let me know, 
And let me know, and let me know. 
Is there any knowledge for finite minds to know? 
Did ever man know anything? 

Its murmuring answer "No," 

From gurgling depths below 

It seems to come and go; 

"No, no, no, no; 

Thou canst not know. 

Till thou out from this life do go." 
And the river's murmuring flow 
Tells me, if I would but go 
Down its steep steps, beneath its depths, 

That l' might know. 
And then, in murmurs low — 


That back I might not go, 
Nor trace my footsteps o'er, 
For life could be no more, 

If it did know. 
"I'll dive into thy depths," I cry; 
"Thou'lt take no more than life? I'll die." 
I plunge; 'tis cold, 'tis passing cold; 
All's dark, but downward still I hold 

My course from high. , 

I and myself are parting ways, 
For light I see which quick doth daze 

My spirit eye, — 
My mind's perception part. 
And yet I do not know, 
But its increasing glow 
Doth light me as I go 
Deep down thy depths below, 


And though I yet can't know, 
Its increase, ever slow, 

Grows bright for me. 
My soul's dark ignorance 
Soon changed with its sharp glance. 

Now soon will see. 
Now something whispers low. 
And seems to speak or show 

What I did ask. 
And do I dream or hear? 
'Tis faint, and never clear: 

"Life is change — 

All change is life — 

All action's change. 
Matter itself, it cannot change nor changed be- 


All things we feel and see do change, 

Hence all things live. 

If they live not themselves, their PARTS do live, 

For THEY do change. 

They move — there! there is life. 

The log decaying on the ground doth live; 

For, dying and decaying so, 

Its living molecules do show, 

In changes which they undergo. 

The life atomic of its composition. 

There's but one elemental life; 

There is but one life's element. 

The many elements we know 

Are but the many changes in 

The life of this prime element — 

But different forms of life — of change. 

There is no death, for death 

Itself is but the change of life. 

All change is progress — 

All progress growth — 

All growth is life. 
Man does not die; 
His life does make a change, 
Not simply in its habitation, 
But gives itself up unto other life. 

And time — there's no such thing; 
■Tis but the idea of a mind that does not know; 
And it itself it does not know. 
For where did it begin, and whither will it go? 

And space — 
There is no space; 
For what's beyond this space, 
If there be space? 


The hnman mind, imperfect, weak, and small, 
Makes for itself this time, this space, this all, 
Because it cannot know. It must not fall. 
When man shall die he shall but wake 
From his long sleep. Then he shall know, 
And then to him a thousand years 
Shall be but as a day, for time 
Shall be no more." 

And, as life's problems brighter grow, 
Down 'neath the depths of Mystery's stream 
The distant light comes nearer, and 
I see no more the black depths of 
Thy form, Mystery! so dread! 

But brighter grows the light; around 
About I go wij;h motion quick 
And fast into its depths, and merge 
Into itself. And I am light — > 

I see — at last I know. 

January, 1900 

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TO that Rebel of Rebels, and Revolutionist of 
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and Secession, and Mother to those who dare to 
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Vol. I AUGUST, 1906 No. 2 

CGotten up by the Minority in the 
Interests of the Majority, and Edited 
and Published by Adon A. Yoder. 


"No, no, I must say "never,* " 
And turns her graceful head, 

"And we must part forever?" 
Then these last words I said, 

"Love lives though duty sever. 
And I will love though dead.'* 

Out in the cold, cold night. 

Out on the hills of God, 
I'm wandering away 
From the brightness of day, 

To sleep my long sleep 'neath the sod. 

Out in the black, black night; 

Out in the darkness alone; 
And never a bed 
Where to lay down my head. 

And never a pillow but stone. 


Out in the drear, drear night; 

For the moon has hidden her i^ace, 
And the stars that were mine 
Have now ceased to shine, 

And the clouds have taken their place. 

And Oh! that a sound I might hear, 

A voice to awaken my gloom, 
Or a faint beam of light 
To scatter my night 

And wrest my sad heart from the tomb. 

But never! never! never! 
Beats my weary soul. 
As ever, ever, ever, 

The endless ages roll. 
And naught my bonds can sever, 
And naught my life console. 

Lynchburg, Va. ^ (^ (4 

When the "Idea" came out Mr. J. P. Bell got a 
copy and read it. When he saw me he told me that 
The Bell Co. would not have printed it for me if he 
had known of it, because he had always been friendly 
disposed to Mr. Glass, and had even gotten him a posi- 
tion when he was a young man, and had later bought 
out the morning paper of the town and turned it over 
to Mr. Glass, and endorsed his note for three thousand 
dollars to pay for it because Mr. Glass did not have 
the money. 


Mr. Bell, being too sick to call on Mr. Glass, called 
him up by 'pjione and asked him to call by his home on 
his way into town the next morning. Mr. Glass prom- 
ised to do so. The next morning he drove by without 
stopping. Mr. Bell, sick tho he was, got up and went 
down town, found Mr. Glass and told him that he 
wanted to talk to him. Mr. Glass replied that he had 
rather see him at his home. I understand that he has 
not seen him at his home yet. That day, however, Mr. 
Glass entered suit against the Bell Co. for twenty-five 
thousand dollars. ^ 

I am not worth twenty-five thousand dollars, neither 
will the "Idea" be scared out of existence. 

^ ^ ^ 

In the little fight which the "Idea" started, I had 
hardly expected such universal moral support as the 
whole community has shown. I was willing to lose a 
little money to have my little say once. But so wide- 
spread has been the approval that has met this first 
attempt that I want to take space here to express my 
sincere thanks to the people of Lynchburg (and else- 
where), for the many kind words of commendation 
which have so whelmed me in the last few weeks. I 
have received innumerable conununications, many en- 
closing subscriptions to the "Idea," from all over 


Virginia and from other states as well, even from far 
away Colorado, and New York, New Jersey, North 
Carolina and the District of Columbia, written mostly 
by former Lynchburgers, felicitating the town on the 
prospect of better things. For these I am indeed grate- 
ful. And the ladies, who can always be found on the 
right side when a moral issue presents, and who have 
been so quick to offer a word of encouragement — ^to 
you my hat is off in grateful appreciation. But enough 
for now. I only hope that the future numbers of the 
"Idea" may merit the same approval. 

^ ^ ^ 

I would like for some city official to tell me just how 
much the Traction and Light Co. has ever been charged 
back for the lights that failed to "go off." At times 
for several nights in succession the lamps have failed 
to light up out in my section of the town and the com- 
plaints have gotten frequent of late. And then the 
lamps often go for several days without a globe so that 
when they are lit they are of little service. 

I wonder why the city gives away the dirt from 
Floyd Street to private citizens when Tenth Street near 
by needs it so badly. Poor management, that's all. 



"And it's all true, too." 

"Let the good work go on." 

"The half has never yet been told." 

"It looks like good stuff to me." — Elbert Hubbard. 

"It sho wuz funny. Warn't it?" — Elevator boy. 

"I don't see how they can get a lie bill against you 
when you haven't told any lies." 

"I don't see but one mistake. He ACCUSED Car- 
ter Glass of being a member of the Council." 

"I reckon Mr. Hubbard, down here at the machine 
works, wrote it. I see his name in it right often." — 
Mike Day. 

News Reporter: "Lynchburg can't support another 
The Other: "It can support ONE, tho." 


I am prepared to announce that plans are already 
being made to start a daily paper here. It will take 
some time to get all things under way and it will be 
several months before the first number appears. Next 
month we hope to be able to announce something defi- 
nite. ^ 

Meanwhile I rejoice to note that the dailies we 
already have have been sufiiciently aroused to let us 
have a little relief from the monotony and inactivity 
of the past. A recent issue of the Advance actually 
had an editorial concerning the existence of houses of 
ill-fame, and both the papers have been surprisingly 
active in publishing complaints of the citizens con- 
cerning the car service, city lights and police depart- 

^ ^ ^ 

I rejoice to note that my little sermonizing has not 
been in vain. Only we want a paper that will do such 
things without being PERSUADED to. I have heard 
kicks for years, but almost invariably the next remark 
would be, "But what's the use kicking, you can't get 
a hearing through the papers." Others have written 
to the News, and after making their say just as tame 
as possible, what they wrote was never printed, or, 
when it was, it was hidden over in the advertisements 
where it was almost impossible to find. 


Even when Senator Thomas was making such a patri- 
otic fight against the telephone franchise, what he had 
to say was given an obscure heading in a very obscure 
place on a back page, and a few days after prominent 
citizens told me that they had not even seen the 
article. If this had happened most anjrwhere else, it 
would have been printed on the first page in big display 
type because it concerned the welfare of the people. 

^ ^ ^ 

Now about Colston Blackford. He's a member of 
the City Council and also a stockholder of the Traction 
Company which enjoys the franchise of the city. Now, 
I fail to see how he can "serve two masters." He 
ought to be man enough to give up either one job or 
the other. I like Mr. Blackford, but you see I am 
selfish. As one of the people I am looking after the 
PEOPLE'S interest. Now, if he don't want to resign 
may be the people of his ward can help him. 

^ ^ (« 

When I heard of that suit against The Bell Company 
for twenty-five thousand I stood on my head in the 
floor. Not because I rejoiced at Mr. Glass's discom- 
fiture, but because I realized that I was getting all of 
that advertizing "free, gratis, for nothing." 


Out on Pierce Street, between 15th and 16th Streets, 
there is a gully six feet deep which a resident of that 
section tells me has not been filled up for thirteen 
years, and it is not on one of our impassably steep 
hills either. The citizens in some places have built 
bridges across this gully to get to their houses. Water 
stagnates in the deep holes of this gully and the resi- 
dents think that this has been the cause of the unusual 
number of cases of fever in the neighborhood. At the 
funeral on this block of an infant who died from fever, 
a hack turned over in this ditch. And yet Lynchburg 
is a wealthy town, and can afford to pull up beautiful 
new pressed brick sidewalks on Floyd Street, at a use- 
less expense to the taxpayers, in order to put down 
cement walks. 

Now, this is but one of the hundreds of instances of 
bad management on the part of city officials. The 
city's affairs are not economically managed. You see, 
nothing worthy of their notice has ever been allowed 
to appear to make the city officials touchous or 
careful in the expenditure of city monies. 

Now, the people here think that the newspapers are 
very largely to blame for this state of affairs. I can- 
not remember ever seeing an editorial in either of 
our papers that even dared to criticize the acts of a 
single city official, and tho such articles may have 


appeared they have been so rare that it is a common 
belief among the citizens that if they should desire to 
make any kind of a complaint that would blame any- 
body, they could not get a hearing through the local 

I myself have written articles intended for the daily 
papers, but did not offer them for print for the reason 
that I was told by those who had sent in such articles 
that they had been turned down. 

This is the reason why my suggestion in the "Idea" 
to start a newspaper here has met with such universal 
approval and why I am able to announce that one will 
appear as soon as plans can be formulated. 

<^ ^ ^ 

A correspondent wants the "Idea" to suggest a 
name for Congress, saying, * ' The people will bring him 
out." We will be glad to hear nominations. 

(^ «« ^ 

I write the subject matter of this little affair to suit 
myself and not to keep from offending any possible 
advertisers. Because a concern advertises in this 
magazine is no argument that the advertiser agrees 
with what I have to say. I don't ask anybody to agree 
with me. 

Advertising is a business proposition. The subject 


matter of the "Idea" is just my private opinion, I 
am not dependent on the advertisers in getting out the 
"Idea." If anybody thinks it's a good medium I'll 
be delighted to let them have a limited space at a very 
moderate price of five dollars a page for each insertion. 
Five thousand copies will be distributed this month, 
and perhaps even ten thousand. Everybody can't ad- 
vertise in the "Idea." Whiskey can't get a hearing. 
If you see anything advertised here you may know that 
I at least think it is all right. 

And remember that this is beautiful, expensive bond 
paper, printed in three colors, by printers that know 
their business. And I had to send away to get that 
outlandishly red cover, too. 

^ ^ V 

To kick or to be kicked. That is the question. 

To be or just to seem, that is the idea. "Esse quam 


^ ^ <4 

"Think well of everybody — even doctors, lawyers 
and preachers — for they are all acting according to 
their highest light." — Hubbard. 

^ ^ ^ 

"D-E-L-A-Y A-D-V-A-N-C-E, T-W-0 C-E-N-T-S." 


If you have a copy of the first number of the * 'Idea" 
you had better take it home and put it in the bottom 
of a desk or bureau drawer or trunk. They sold for 
twenty-five cents apiece the day after thiey came out 
and the price still goes up. Some day, when the town 
gets right, it will do you good to look back and see 
what a little thing did it. 

Now it came to pass on this wise. I was called to 
be a preacher, but I missed my calling. I mean this: 
I started to preach from the pulpit, but I found it 
would be hard to tell the people who were paying me 
to preach that they were grand rascals, even if they 
were. "An opportunity is a call of God," and I do 
not think that the pulpit affords the opportunity of 
freedom of speech that the press does. The Lynchburg 
"News" has a greater opportunity to do good than all 
the preachers in Lynchburg put together have. ERGO, 
it is called upon to do something and it has an attend- 
ant responsibility. Do you get the Idea? 

Now, when I wrote the first number of the "Idea" 
I had no idea that the statements made would be even 
questioned, because in the main they were and had 


been for years the talk of the town. It occured to me 
that the people would read perhaps and drop it with 
the remark that they knew it all before. Therefore, 
thinking that my audience would be only those who 
knew the facts about as well as I did, I was not as 
careful as I would have been if I thought I was going 
to be heard anywhere except at home. 

But I did make a mistake which in the minds of 
most people did not amount to much, but which if care- 
fully examined means more than I intended. 

Now, I said that Mr. Glass was a member of the 
Council and bought from the Council. The fact is that 
he was not a voting member of the Council and there- 
fore could not be held accountable for the acts of the 
Council. He was, however, clerk of the Council, and 
therefore he was more in touch with the acts of the 
Council than were some of the members even, for he 
had the editing of the proceedings of the body. Besides 
this, he owned both the papers, and both these papers 
were conspicuously quiet when everybody wanted to 
know all about the affair. 

When, about a week after the "Idea" came out, 
I saw the way the article would appear to those who 
did not know the particulars by my making the mis- 
statement that Mr. Glass was a member of the Council, 


I of course wrote Mr. Glass retracting that statement, 
and below you will find the correspondence which 
speaks for itself. From the tone of the letters you 
may form your own conclusions. "To err is human." 
I don't claim divinity. I may make mistakes in this 
number, but if they are no greater than that, they 
won't amount to much. 

Lynchburg, Va., July 17, 1906. 
Mr. Carter Glass, 

Editor of the News, 


Dear Sir: — In view of the events of the last few 
days in reference to the "Idea," the contents of 
which, as editor and publisher, I am solely responsible 
for, I deem it my duty both to you and the J. P. Bell 
Co. to make this statement which I trust you will pub- 
lish in the "News." 

In the first place, I hasten to say that I 
made a mistake in a statement I made in the 
"Idea," the importance of which in its bearing 
on the question involved I did not see until the 
last few hours, or it would have had my attention 
earlier. I saw on the morning that the paper appeared 
that I had erred in stating that you were a member of 
the Council, but I did not realize then that the fact of 


your being clerk instead of an elected member altered 
the situation. I now see that it puts an entirely differ- 
ent light on the subject, and I trust that no man shall 
be quicker and more thorough in his retraction after 
he has found out his error than I. 

In my attempt to arouse sentiment for a more public 
spirited paper, I felt that it was my duty to expose the 
public acts of public servants who were still holding 
public offices if those public acts were wrong and if by 
exposing them I could accomplish a beneficent purpose. 
Had I realized when I wrote that you were not a vot- 
ing member of the Council and were in no way respon- 
sible for the acts of that body, I of course would not 
have written that article, and I take this means to as- 
sure you that it gives me pleasure, tainted only by the 
regret that I have done you an Injustice, to make not 
only this amend for whatever errors or mistakes I have 
made, but to make on any and every occasion public 
acknowledgement of the same as the occasion may offer. 

In the second place, the printers have had to suffer 
because I failed to put my name as editor and pub- 
lisher on the magazine. Altho I did attempt to have 
a certain air of secrecy concerning the authorship of the 
"Idea," I never once thought of making it so con- 
cealed that anyone would have any trouble whatever 
in ascertaining the writer. I had told so many people 


about it before it appeared, that before I had received 
half the copies from the printer on the day it came out 
nearly everybody who read it knew that I was the 
editor, whereas there was not the slightest attempt to 
conceal the fact that I was the publisher. 

My sole reason for any secrecy at all was the same 
reason that prompts any writer to adopt a nom-de- 
plume, namely, modesty. Further, the nom-de-plume 
that I used in connection with the verse in the number 
of the "Idea" referred to is the same that I used on 
many occasions in the past in the "News" and in the 
Richmond papers. 

May I state further that not one member of the firm 
of the J. P. Bell Co. knew what the subject matter of 
the "Idea" was until it was out. Mr. Dulaney, who 
priced the printing to me, finding that I was very par- 
ticular as to the kinds of ink and paper to be used and 
being very busy himself, directed me to go direct to 
the foremen of the different departments, and the 
"Idea" was bound before Mr. Dulaney read it. It has 
been suggested that the contents of this letter could be 
used against me to advantage in a suit or otherwise. I 
want it known that no fear of consequences will 
restrain me from doing my duty to one to whom I have 
done an injustice. A. A. YODER. 


Editorial Department. 

Lynchburg, Va., July 20, 1906. 
Mr. Adon A. Yoder, 

Lynchburg, Va. 

Sir: — I have your letter of the 17th inst., retracting, 
regretting and admitting the injustice of certain of the 
offensive personal references to me made in an anony- 
mous pamphlet issued from the presses of the J. P. Bell 
Company of this city, the authorship of which pamphlet 
you acknowledge. 

I note your request that I publish in THE NEWS 
your withdrawal of the charge made in the pamphlet 
concerning a business transaction in which I was en- 
gaged eight years ago, and your attempted exoneration 
of the J. P. Bell Company from culpability in the 

Responding specifically to these points in your let- 
ter, I have to say that the charge you retract and for 
which you offer to apologize publicly is not by any 
means the only or most objectionable misrepresentation 
concerning me contained in the pamphlet. You have 
charged, in terms, that I am * * controlled by the L3mch- 
burg Traction and Light Company, * ' and have quite as 
broadly intimated that there is between that Company 
and my newspaper a despicable and corrupt collusion to 


suppress facts and withhold proper comments upon the 
conduct of said Company. 

These charges are as untrue as the one you retract, 
and a casual inspection of the recent files of THE 
NEWS or the most incidental inquiry would have 
sufficed to show the vice of your suggestion. 

In your letter you profess willingness to make amends 
for whatever ** errors or mistakes" you have made, as 
well as to make public acknowledgement thereof. If 
you are as anxious as you profess to be to do me no in- 
justice and to right any wrong already done me, your 
retraction should embrace unqualifiedly all the misrep- 
resentations of fact concerning me contained in the 
pamphlet; otherwise you can scarcely expect me to pub- 
lish your letter, because, by confining your retraxit spe- 
cifically to only one of a series of misstatements of 
fact, you but reiterate the rest. 

I do not feel concerned about your criticisms of the 
course of THE NEWS so far as such criticisms are not 
based upon misstatements of fact involving my per- 
sonal character, and such a retraction as I have indi- 
cated will, if made, be published in THE NEWS. 

As to the J. P. Bell Company, it has expressed no 
regret and offered no apology for its part in publishing 
these defamatory charges; but as I am informed asserts 
its right to print whatever it is paid to print about 


anybody, no matter how seriously such publication may 
affect the reputation of a citizen. In view of this re- 
markable attitude, I have taken the only course as to 
this Company which seems to promise me redress and 
vindication. Respectfully, 


Lynchburg, Va., July 24, 1906. 
Mr. Carter Glass, 


Dear Sir: — In reply to your letter of the 20th, the 
tone of which to say the least is unworthy of the occa- 
sion, I have to say that inasmuch as the "Idea" did 
not charge that YOU were controlled by the Lynch- 
burg Traction and Light Co., nor make any other state- 
ments the untruth of which I am aware of, I of course 
have nothing further to retract. 

I do want to say, however, that the magazine was 
written with no such animus as you seem to attribute 
to me, and that personally I have never had any ill- 
feeling towards you, and I think that if you will take 
time to re-read it you will see that the motive which 
is apparent throughout the whole number is anything 
but VICE. 

I feel that the people have a grievance and the 
**Idea" was on the defensive of them of whom I am 


one, rather than on the offensive to you, or anybody 
else. Respectfully, 


<« <« ^ 

Mr. Dingee is certainly right. We can't afford to 
let the Car Company build their bams right down on 
Main Street. 

^ ^ ^ 

Not long ago officer Plunkett, in charge of the chain 
gang, was relieved of pay for ten days' work for chas- 
tising a negro whose actions threatened insurrection 
on the gang. Soon after, a young fellow chained to 
TWO policemen got obstreperous and unruly and was 
beat with clubs by the police. The prisoner was fined 
ten dollars. I fail to see any justice to Mr. Plunkett. 
In fact, I fail to find any justice in our police courts 
any way. A prisoner is bulldozed and browbeaten 
and always treated as a proven criminal until he can 
establish his innocence; whereas he should be treated 
as innocent till he is proven gulity. Of course, though, 
if you happen to be a gambler who enjoys the 
SOCIETY of the town and your den is broken into, you 
are let off as easily as possible and your respectable 
name does not even appear in the columns of the paper. 
It would not do to publish such names. 


In this democratic (?) town how you are treated 
depends on who you are. 

<4 ^ ^ 

This number of the "Idea" has been unavoidably 
delayed about two weeks. In the future the issue for 
each month will appear about the fifteenth. 50c. a 
year till the price goes up. 


The cartoon that was to appear in this issue was not 
ready in time. It will be in the next (September) 


<^ ^ ^ 

My friend Mr. Beese says: "I don't understand it. 
They can make a law that applies to poor white folks 
and niggers, but it won't apply to corporations." 

^ ^ V 

Judging from the long array of council retained by 
the "News" in the suit against the J. P. Bell Co., it 
looks like Mr. Glass must think he has a very poor 
chance at getting judgment, to monopolize the lawyers, 
including Mr. Lee who has had more to say against Mr. 
Glass both publicly and privately than the ' 'Idea' ' ever 
dared to say. No, it would not do to have Mr. Lee 
against him now, oh, no. 


Perhaps the most travelled spot in Lynchburg is the 
intersection of Twelfth and Main Streets, and yet the 
four corners at this intersection are occupied by bar- 
rooms. Now, if there be anybody that thinks that this 
is "suitable and appropriate," let him stand on his 
head, for I just want to see what he looks like; yet 
Judge Christian, who grants these licenses, must accord- 
ing to law be * ' fully satisfied that the place is a suit- 
able and appropriate" one. Now I think that the time 
has come that we were having a judge who has a suffi- 
cient appreciation of the value to the community of the 
morality of its young men and of the virtue and sense 
of decency of its young women to keep such a vile thing 
as a bar-room, certainly, at least, off from the most 
public spot in the main business street of the town. 
But Judge Christian has been a judge so long that he 
has got SOT in his ways. He always was a judge of 
good liquor and now as a Judge of the Corporation 
Court he has to carry his past sense of ** appropriate "- 
ness with him. 

^ ^ ^ 

Send in your subscription to the "Idea" to-day. 50c. 
a year till the price goes up. If you believe in the bet- 
terment of Lynchburg this is a good way to show it. 
Address, Adon A. Yoder, Editor and Publisher. 


I 'lowed they would wake up. Don't you know they 
actually fined a woman one hundred dollars on the 10th 
of the month for keeping a house of ill fame on Jeffer- 
son Street, but we are not informed that she had to 
stop running the same old joint that has been used for 
the same purpose for many years. 

^ ^ <^ 

L is a lawyer named Lee, 

A hot-shot, unshackeled and free; 

He loves the oppressed, 

The poor and distressed, 

But reflects — "to the car-barn for me." 

G's for an editor glorious. 
Ripping and snorting uproarious. 
Who buried himself 
In political pelf, 
And gobbled the lawyers stentorious. 

^ ^ (^ 

VALUABLE material had to be left out of this 
number on account of more IMPORTANT stuff. We 
are glad to say that we already have on hand some 
good ideas for the September number, which will 
shortly be out. ^ ^ ^ 

**A hit dog will bark." Be there any dogs around? 


"It is easier under the lame and halting criminal pro- 
cedure of the American States for a camel to go through 
the eye of a needle than to put a rich man in the peni- 
tentiary for crimes against the public. But that is no 
reason why the effort should not be made if he is 
guilty." — Folk, of Missouri. 

^ <4 ^ 

I nominate Justice Brewer of the Supreme Court for 
President in 1908 on the Republican, Democratic, 
Socialist or Independent ticket. Party don't make 
any difference; the people, like Diogenes, are looking 

for a man. 

^ ^ ^ 

And did not that preacher rake Ninth Street in the 
"News" the other day! Just keep the ball rolling. 

^ ^ ^ 
No, this is not yellow journalism. It's red hot. 

^ ^ ^ 

I love the wild race with the hounds on the 

But I love not the murder of game; 
I glory to fight for honor and right, 

But I love neither honors nor fame. 

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^ The Idea^ *^ 

Gotten Out at Lynchburg, Va., by Adon A. Yoder. 

TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, ''Author of the Dec- 
laration of American Independence, of the 
statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, 
and Father of the University of Virginia," 

Founder of political, religious and mental freedom; 

Noblest Virginian of them all. 

Greatest American of them all, 

The Most Radical of a Radical Age, 

A Rebel of the Ruddiest Hue, 

And Most Sympathetic of Men, 

This the Third Number of the "Idea" is affectionately 


In the Month of September, 

And from the birth of the Union, the one hundred and 
thirty-first year. 

^ The Ideoc V 

Vol. I SEPTEMBER, 1906 No. 3 

CGotten up by the Minority in the 
Interests of the Majority, and Edited 
and Published by Adon A. Yoder. 

My country, 'tis of thee, 
Sweet land of Liberty, 

Of thee I sing. 
Land where my fathers died, 
Land of the pilgrims* pride; 
From every mountain side 

Let freedom ring. 


' ' You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make 
you free." — Jesus. 

When you were a boy did you ever sling any mud? 
Well, some boys who have not had the proper train- 
ing will sometimes engage in that dirty pastime. But 
it is poor fun. You can't aim well with it, the nasty 
stuff sticks to your hands, you get it all over your 
clothes, you can't throw it far enough to hit the other 
fellow unless he is in the same mud-hole, and then, 
worst of all, when you get home you get a whipping. 

Well, Kyarter Grass, not knowing any better, got to 
slinging mud the other day, and even got behind a 
fence to do it, (the fence of failure to mention the 
name of the party aimed at,) and being so careful not 
to peep over this fence his aim was, of course, not 
true, so no one got soiled save himself. He TORE HIS 
PANTS awfully, and just ruined his clothes, and worst 
of all for him, his home folks in Lynchburg say that 
when he comes home (at election time this fall) he is 
going to get a whipping. 

Now, there are some people here who think that the 
Idea ought to administer a little flogging on its own 
account, but we don't want to soil our hands (we are 
not his daddy, anyhow,) and we don't use mud when 
we do our fighting. The truth is weapon enough for 
us, and some of that about Kyarter is so bad that we 
refrain from using it. 

Fact is, we would not even QUOTE in the Idea such 
language as is characteristic of Mr. Grass' writings. 
The Idea, unlike other papers we know in Lynchburg, 
is too clean a sheet to be defiled with such rot. Then, 
the paper it is printed on is so pretty and the 
inks so harmonious that it would spoil the beaty of 
the whole affair. (An expert printer tells us that the 
July Idea is the finest piece of work the Bell Company 
ever got out.) Then, too, the Editor has never done 
anything of the kind and don't care to offend a kind 
and grateful public which has already given so many 
assurances that it is extremely anxious to see the Idea 
an even greater success. 

To those who think we ought to condescend to the 
same tactics that the News has used, let us say that 
the Idea is published in the interests of CLEAN 
government and CLEANLINESS in all things, and in 
fighting for the betterment of the public affairs we do 
not propose to roll in the mud. 

It is not our object to usurp this space for person- 
alities. If persons are wrong, we will make the facts 
public and leave the remedy to the voting of the peo- 
ple. If a rattler gets in our way we may kill the 
snake — we will state the facts — but we won't waste 


any of our valuable space or time in cussing out the 
snake. ^ 

Now, many of the readers of the Idea don't read the 
News and do not know that Mr. Grass vented his 
spleen on the balmy atmosphere of a recent Sunday 
morning. You just ought to get that paper if you 
want to learn some more cuss words. It furnishes a 
verification of the old. adage, **A little chimney soon 

You will doubtless note some discrepancies between 
the statements of the News and the Idea. "Now 
somebody done lied." We are willing to let it rest 
with the people of Lynchburg as to who did it. 

Any readers of the editorial in question will get a 
bad enough opinion of Mr. Grass without ^ur saying 
any more about it. It speaks for itself, and our con- 
tention from the start has been that Mr. Grass' paper 
is his greatest accuser, both by its sins of omission and 
of commission. ^ <^ ^ 

The four busiest spots in Lynchburg are: 
First, comer Ninth and Main. 
Second, comer Twelfth and Main. 
Third, between Seventh and Eighth streets, switch 
where Depot, Rivermont and Twelfth street cars meot. 
Fourth, near corner of Fifth and Main, . 


There are three barrooms within about fifteen steps 
of the corner of Ninth and Main, and many more near 
by. Judge Christian says this is suitable and appro- 

All the corners at Twelfth and Main are taken by 
barrooms. Judge Christian (a church official) says 
this is suitable and appropriate. 

At the switch, between Seventh and Eighth, as you 
step on the sidewalk from the cars, you face two bar- 
rooms, adjoining each other, and three more on the 
other side of the street. Judge Christian ssljs this is 
suitable and appropriate. 

And lastly, opposite the new Academy of Music and 
between it and Fifth Street on Main, the City Council 
says it is» suitable and appropriate for the Traction 
Company to put their car sheds, right in the heart of 
the city, and to lay fourteen rails across the sidewalk 
to endanger the lives of pedestrians and ruin the looks 
of this part of our beautiful city. And the City Coun- 
cil did this in spite of the fact that the sentiment of 
the people, although they had no way of publicly 
expressing it, was apparently universally against 
such action. Why did they do it? We wonder why, 
and echo answers, "wonder why?" Why did not the 
News and the Advance oppose it? As we have said 


before, the interests of the Traction Company appear 
to be the interests of Mr. Glass' papers. 

And still we wonder why! We wonder why! 

^ ^ ^ 


William Richards, who has been carrying papers in 
the afternoons for the Advance and who had gotten up 
a very good route, went around to the office as usual 
the other day for his papers. When his time came the 
Advance representative asked him if he had also ac- 
cepted a job carrying papers for the Times-Dispatch. 
He replied that he had. He was immediately told that 
he could not get any more papers there. Richards went 
out and bought from other boys enough to supply his 
customers and keep them from disappointment. 

He is now kept busy when he has time taking sub- 
scriptions for the Idea. .He also keeps up his paper 
carrying for. the Times-Dispatch. 

But what do you think of Mir. Glass for permitting 
such management of his paper as to let an unusually 
bright and manly boy lose his job just because he car- 
ried papers for a competing publication at another 


time? And we have heard of other instances of this 
same thing, hut as we hurry to press we have not 
time to verify them. How is this for picayunishness, 
littleness, persecution? Does Mr. Glass think he owns 
the boy just because he employs him for an hour each 
afternoon, Mr. Glass, the democrat, who believes in 
FREEDOM OF ACTION, who is opposed to MON- 
PETION! Down with such a REPRESENTATIVE (?) 
for the people of the Old Dominion, cradle of American 
Liberty and resistance to tyranny. 

^ <4 ^ 

On the day of August the Board of Aldermen 

of the city met for the purpose of voting on a proposed 
ordinance, which had already been passed by the City 
Council, to grant the Traction and Light Company the 
privilege of ruining Main Street, between Fifth and 
Sixth, by the erection of car sheds there and by the 
laying of seven or eight tracks from the main line into 
said sheds, thereby cutting up the street- and making 
it of very little service and very much damage to the 
citizens. When the Council passed the ordinance we 
had asked two prominent citizens what they thought 
of the action of that body. Their replies, which were 
made within a few minutes of each other, were identi- 


cally the same, namely, "They can get anything they 
want." Inasmuch as the News did not publish the 
names of the Councilmen who voted for and against 
the measure, and since the citizens seemed unanimously 
opposed to the action taken, we, in order to get and 
publish for the citizens who were interested the names 
of the Aldermen who voted for and against the bill, 
attended the meeting of the Board in the Krise build- 
ing. There were present beside the Board, Messrs. Jack 
Lee and Judge Horsely, both counsel for the Traction 

After the purpose of the meeting had been stated by 
Mr. King, the question arose whether it was necessary 
or not to read the ordinance as presented. Mr. Lee 
then informed the members present that the copies 
which some of them had with them, and which had 
been furnished by Mr. Lee, was the ordinance pro- 
posed and the body passed over the reading of the 

Mr. Ned Miller then asked a few technical questions 
and while he yet held the floor, Mr. Lee, without get- 
ting permission to address the body or even addressing 
the chairman, volunteered and explained the points in 
question, and after a few rambling remarks the ordi- 
nance was unanimously passed by the body. 


Now, there are two points I want to make: 
First, the people of Lynchburg have a right to de- 
mand of their law-makers that they know what they 
are voting for. In this instance they simply took the 
word of Mr. Lee that the papers which he (Mr. Lee) 
had furnished them were correct and accurate copies 
of the proposed bill. Now, I submit it to the people of 
Lynchburg that this is no way for their representatives 
to transact their business. In this instance the copy 
may have been an exact one, but the principle is a dia- 
bolical one. The very idea of the body voting on a 
measure to grant privileges to a corporation and using 
the corporation attorney's word as a foundation for 
their action! 

In the second place, no one, not even a member, 
should be allowed to address the body, certainly to in- 
fluence the vote on such important matters, without 
first obtaining permission of the presiding officer. On 
the other hand one would gather from the proceedings 
that the body was met simply to do the will of the 
Traction Company as directed by Mr. Lee. He domi- 
nated the meeting. He answered the questions pro- 
pounded and explained to the members just what the 
ordinance meant, and they took his explanation and 
voted as he wished. It took just fourteen minutes to 
pass the ordinance through and adjourn. "Cut and 

dried," did you say? 


Now, I doubt seriously whether the members of that 
body have any realization of their responsibility to the 
people, or are even responsible for such a state of 

Everything, even life itself, is a matter of habit, and 
our city has been baldy governed so long that it can 
not easily get over the habit. The blame lies deeper. 
The men who compose the body are as a rule our most 
high-minded business men, but — the actions of our law- 
makers have never been openly and fearlessly reported 
to the people by our daily papers and our councilmen 
and aldermen have thus become lax and careless, sim- 
ply because the people never have been able t^o make 
any public demonstration' of their unwillingness to 
swallow anything proposed by said bodies. 

Neither do we blame the people. Only nominally 
have they ever had a voice in the city affairs. 

From now on, however, the situation changes. The 
Idea will ever be the voice of the people until the 
public-spirited daily which we have promised appears. 
The paper will report back to you the AYES and NAYS 
on questions of public pith and moment. We will let 
you know exactly how they vote, and we will make 
public your desires if you will write us. In the future, 
if your councilman does not represent you, find a man 
that will and we will see to it that you get a hearing. 


Let us suggest further that you do not wait till it 
is too late. Now is the time to look around you for a 
representative man to voice the sentiments of the 
MAJORITY, as against class, in the management of 
city affairs. Write the Idea now. And we will go 
farther: Before we are through with it we expect to 
see an organization of the citizens, the main object of 
which shall be to nominate men to run for the city 
offices and councils. ^ 

We are in the fight to a finish. The people must 
rule. It's up to YOU, the PEOPLE, from now on. 

If things don't suit you now you can kick and get a 

From now on rascality has got to step down and out. 

Bad management has got to step down and out. 

Political bossism has got to step down and out. 

We will have clean government in Lynchburg. The 
die is cast. The fight is on. 

"Lay on Macduff, 
And damned be he who first cries 'Hold, enough!' " 

^ ^ <tf 

Since the Idea came out the Times-Dispatch has 
opened an oflice here and we are informed has already 
taken 1,200 subscribers. 

Behold how a great matter a little spark kindleth! 



Lynchburgers have to pay $5.00 a year for the News, 
which is nearly twice as much as out-of-town subscrib- 
ers have to pay. How is that for making the people 
at home pay for Mr. Glass' means of promoting his 
political aspirations outside of the city? They say he 
is an as-as-as (my pen stutters) I mean an aspirant for 
the governorship of Virginia. But . there is no other 
paper here save his and we must know what time the 
trains arrive, so we have to pay his price. FIVE dollars 
for the News. Whew-w-w-w-e. 

^ <^ <« . 

Now we don't know where the report came from, we 
would not like to say who started it, but the people of 
Lynchburg have heard it rumored around for many 
years that Mr. Glass had the exclusive contract with 
the Associated Press for the news dispatches. 

We have before us a letter from the secretary of 
the Associated Press stating that this is not true. So 
let no one think that we can not get the news simply 
because it is in Mr. Glass' power to withhold it. Just 
wait awhile and we will show you a daily newspaper 

in Lynchburg. 

<* ^ ^ 

So many KICKS have come to our notice in the last 
few weeks that we hardly know where to begin. Many 


of them will have to be passed over for the present 
until we are able to get a few figures to help substan- 
tiate the facts. You see, at present, the editor is 
advertising agent, reporter, editor, superintendent of 
printing and business manager, and €ven on occasion 
newsboy as well. So if we do not let them have it hot 
enough for you just be patient, for a kick can be made 
much more effective by getting all data possible before 
writing. For instance, in the August number we had 
something to say about Judge Christian's granting 
licenses to certain barrooms on the comer of Twelfth 
and Main. We have since found out some reasons why 
the long-faced Judge can not afford to make that spot 
fit for ladies or gentlemen to pass. The Judge is inter- 
ested in the ownership of one of those rough and tough 
places, and therefore he couldn't refuse to license one 
without hurting himself. See the point? Besides this, 
there is another barroom in town, the rents of which 
help to fill his coffers. And yet such a man is Judge 
of the Corporation Court of Lynchburg! 

^ ^ ^ 

It was all sweet sleep and dreams — dreams with 
castles in the air, and peace and plenty and joy every- 
where, when sharp and quick: 

"What's that? Get up quick!" An awful tumult 
is being raised apparently across the street. 


I rushed to the door, followed by my wife, who was 
first to awake and had thus broken my slumbers. The 
agonizing cries of women and children are still heard, 
but they come from more than a block away. The 
moon is shining brightly. We see other neighbors 
standing in night clothes like ourselves, wondering 
what it is all about. It is a quarter to one o'clock. 
Hark! a woman's voice: "Oh, My baby! My baby 
is dying!" Then amid the frantic and distinctive 
cries of the children come these words, awful and chill- 

"Papa's shot maamma, and runed away.** 

"Mr. Doherty, 'phone for the doctor — quick!** 

My wife says: "I expect it's whiskey." — — — 

A crowd has arrived. An old mother leads the 
doctor to her daughter shot through the head by a 
drunken husband. The children, with broken hearts 
and frantic crying, have been hurried away in their 
night dresses to the neighbors. 

When a measure of quiet had been restored we re- 
tired to bed again, but we could not sleep. Why 
should we sleep with this awful scene in our mind! 
Toward morning — Sunday morning it was — we went 
to sleep after renewing a determination made in early 
life that we would not rest till we saw the beloved city 


of my nativity freed from this awful curse. The 
papers told it all on Tuesday. The husband, in a 
drunken fury, had shot his wife. Later he was picked 
up unconscious on the railroad, where he had fallen 
from a train on which he was fleeing from the scene 
of the foul deed. They were both in the hospital. 
"Almost no hope for the wife; he is expected to 
recover. ' * ^ 

Who's responsible for it? do you ask. You are, if 
you are not forever opposed to the government living 
off the licensing of such a nefarious business, and kick 
and kick hard. 

I am not making an argument for any man who is 
so degraded a fool as to make any kind of a serious 
argument for the existence of the saloons. Your con- 
science, if you have any, condemns you enough. I want 
you to know that now is the time to let Christian and 
his like know that you are disgusted with his actions, 
which are causing the enormous expenditure of the 
city's money for police and criminal expenses. Even 
if the revenue from the business could possibly make 
up the loss thus sustained, and it don't begin to, or 
even if it were twice as much as the amount expended 
to protect the public and property against the abuses 
which go with the sale of whiskey, I say even then 
the hellish business don't pay. 


I am not PREACHING about anybody's "soul's 
salvation or damnation," but as a purely common 
sense problem of our practical life. The barrooms in 
Lynchburg are a menace to your happiness and to my 
happiness, and their very existence here is driving 
away from our city thoughtful and high-minded men 
who cannot afford to rear their children amid such 
hellish surroundings. 

Now we are not bidding for popularity. It happens 
that the preaching we have been doing has so far met 
with the hearty sympathy of the people of Lynchburg. 
We know that many of our citizens will not approve 
of our stand against this evil, simply because they think 
they can not afford to antagonize the INTERESTS. 
We are not asking anyone to show his hand if he is not 
foresighted enough to see it is to his interest to look 
out for the interest of the moral welfare of the town. 
We are not after being DISCREET and CAREFUL 
about such far-reaching questions. We are radical in 
many things, and yet we do not go so far as to say 
that the man who thinks he cannot have whiskey 
ought not to have it. Let him have it if he must, but 
for God's sake don't let whiskey men, just for the 
sake of private gains, make the place of sale of whis- 
key such an attractive place for our young manhood 
that their whole lives will be blighted and sorrow will 


reign where happiness has a right to carry its life- 
giving influences. ^ 

Let the sot stay sot. But can't we save our young? 
We have two boys, but unless the barroom goes we 
expect to take them out of this city to live, though we 
stay here to fight. (^ 

We can't say all we feel about the evil that has 
fastened its hold upon us. The question is so big and 
we have been quiet so long. 

^ <^ (4 

To Hell with whiskey and damn the preachers who 
are too cowardly to preach against it. 

After the first number of the Idea came out we met 
the most aggressive of the preachers in Lynchburg on 
the streets. 

Now, it has been the subject of frequent comment 
here that our preachers seldom preach a temperance 
sermon, much less attack directly the biggest evils of 
the town, namely, the barrooms and their kindred or- 
ganizations — the gambling concerns and houses of ill- 
fame. Well, we slapped the bold preacher on the back 
and told him that if he and the rest of the preachers 
of the town would back up the Idea we would have 
a clean town. 


He replied, "That's what I've been telling them, 
but they say they 'don't want to stir up a fuss.' " 

I like a fuss; I like a fight! And yet we have 
"Soldiers of the Cross," nay more, we have generals 
in that army who "don't like a fight." Shame on 
them! You know why they don't like a fight? They 
are afraid it won't be popular with some of their 
moneyed congregation. Again we say "damn the 
preacher who don't like a fight." (Now get your 
dictionary and see what damn means.) 

I believe it was Solomon, the wise, who wrote: 
"There is a time for everything." We agree. But 
the time for the use of such words as we have used 
above seldom comes in the lives of men. We trust it 
may never come again. 

^ ^ ^ 

Talking about the preachers: A certain God-fearing 
minister tells us to-day that not only do some of the 
preachers keep quiet on the obnoxious whiskey ques- 
tion because it is unpopular, but others even go farther 
and openly oppose the action of those who attempt to 
purify the town. When the Anti-Saloon League of the 
State held a meeting here in July the question came 
before the Ministers' Conference, and I blush with 


shame to tell it, certain preachers refused to open 
their churches to the League for temperance meetings. 
When the preachers won't fight, and the newspapers 
won't espouse the cause of the people and our law- 
makers are worse than lax, then it is time for some- 
body to get an IDEA punched into their cranium. 
The fight is just begun. 

^ ^ ^ 


The Idea has entered suit against the Lynchburg 
News for 50c. The editor values his reputation at 
many times the amount at which Mr. Grass valued his, 
but, altho Mr. Grass exhausted the vocabulary of "ma- 
licious slander" against him, the editor has not felt 
more than 50c. damages, and besides he is simply after 
"vindication," not money. See the joke? 

The time table at the depot read: "All Trains on 
Time. Sept. 1." 

He read it: "All Trains on Time, *cept one. I'll 
bet a cent that it's mine." 

^ <^ '^ 

Shephard, the newsdealer, has a few copies of the 
July (first) number of the Idea at 25 cents a copy, 




What have you done with that three thousand dol- 
lars that this Council voted you free, gratis, for noth- 
ing, and with which you promised to fix up the city 
lights? The corner lights of the city never were in 
worse condition. At eight o'clock last night (August 
31st) a policeman told me that he had already counted 
eight lights out on his route alone. And this is the 
general state of affairs. 

But we have to take what we can get from the 
Traction Company, and they take what they can get 
from a subservient Council. The Idea wonders how 
much longer the people will submit to the FLEECING. 
Just an hour's careful thought before and on election 
days will remedy affairs. 

^ ^ ^ 

The Idea stands for clean government and by the 
people, by making PUBLIC all the acts of all public 
servants. ^ 

The Idea stands for public ownership of municipal 
lighting (both gas and electric) plants. 

The Idea stands for the ownership by the city of the 
public traction facilities. Let the city run the cars as 


New York and Chicago and Cleveland are beginning 
to do. ^ 

The Idea will not stop the fight against corruption 
till we have a three (3) cent car fare. The company 
can easily make money at that figure. In other cities 
they do. 

Mayor Johnson, of Cleveland, Ohio, has promised the 
citizens a three-cent fare this fall, but we will be 
skinned for some time to come yet. 

^ <« ^ 

"The Idea is It." 

"Polly got a cracker." 

"Them's my sentiments." 

"It 'MUSES me to think about it." 

"It's not hot ENOUGH." 

"It's all right except you left out something. You 

ought to go for ." Nearly everybody tells us 

something new. 

<^ ^ ^ 

It was nearly a year ago that the city auhorized, at 
the request of taxpayers who were to pay their share 
of the cost, the construction of a pavement on Taylor 
Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Streets. At long 


intervals during that time the city has had placed 
there three separate times sand with which to do the 
work, and three times this sand has been, very largely 
washed away (at the expense of the taxpayers), and 
the street has been almost impassable to pedestrians 
for a large part of that time — first a four-foot pile of 
sand across the walkway, then a ten-foot puddle of 
water, both extending the eight-foot width of the 
walkway. Twice paving rock has been bought, four 
separate times the hands have come and laid a few 
yards of rock and gone, to show up a few hours a 
month later, while the people plodded through the 
mud. At last about half of this half block has been 
completed, and the angels only know when another 
yard will be laid or how many years longer the street 
will be torn up. It has been about three years since 
the citizens first tried to get the walk. 

Our easy-going city officers seem to have no incen- 
tive to try to please the people. They know that the 
newspapers are very anxious to keep "peace when 
there is no peace, ' ' and for some unaccountable reason 

The above street is but an example of many similar 
streets that have been brought to the attention of the 
Idea. I 


What Mr. Bryan says about traction and light com- 


^ ^ <« 

"Everybody knows that gas can be furnished at a 
profit for fifty cents and probably for much less. One- 
half, at least, of every gas BILL IS GRAFT. Why do 
we pay it? Because the gas companies have posses- 
sion of our streets and we are obliged to submit. And 
it is the same story with our telephones and street cars 
and telegraphs and railways and a thousand and one 
other things. 

'«* * * Let us take charge of our own property 
and make a new Declaration of Independence." — 
Ernest Crosby. 


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SHOES. Hats 
and Gents' 

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4^ The Ide^c #^ 

Gotten Out at Lynchburg, Va., by.Adon A. Yoder. 

Dedicated to the Great Commoner 


of Nebraska 

The Idol of His Countrymen, the Leader of the Democracy 

The Dreamer of Better Days, the Fighter for Better Things 

a Man With a Spirit, a Mind and a Body 

To Whom it is Sweeter to Be the Leader of the People 

in Private Capacity than 

To Be the Leader of a Party in Victory 

To Whom Principle is More Than Political Honors 

To the Silver-Tongued Orator of the West 

America's Foremost Son 

This, the Fourth Number of The Idea 

Is Affectionately Dedicated 
In the Month of October, and From the 

Foundation of The Republic 
The Year One Hundred and Thirty-One 

V The Idesc ?y* 

Vol. I OCTOBER, 1906 No. 4 

CGotten up by the Minority in the 
Interests of the Majority, and Edited 
and Published by Adon A. Yoder. 

SAM JONES — may his tribe increase, for there is 
only one Sam and he has no kindred. His sl)irit is alone, 
without ancestry or progeny. The stuff he is made of 
is too rare. May he never die. Sam Jones the 
preacher came to Lynchburg, and he had come be- 
fore. The people, tho Sam says they don't appre- 
ciate &- good thing, flocked to hear him, and by the 
way they giggled when he hit them we think they 
understood him. Here is one thing they giggled at and 
have not got over yet. Sam said: If I were the Devil 
in hell and wanted to run Lynchburg I would not make 
a single alteration in your present city offices of mayor, 
commonwealth's attorney and judge of the corpora- 
tion court. And I say the people grinned, and they 

did not get mad. Do you wonder why? They grinned, 
then they cheered. Sam is one of the few men that 
have a way of telling the truth anyhow. Now we 
were afraid to say that, hut we did say to Sam 
"AMEN," and again we say "AMEN." Long live 
Sam Jones. ^ 

Sam said some other things too. He said that since 
he came into the city the day "before several of the 
citizens had told him that they would get to work and 
clean up the town, but the preachers would not help 
them, would not lead them, would not preach against 
the hig sins of the town. So Sam delivered a broad- 
side to the preachers and called them cowards and hyp- 
ocrites and told them a few things that they ought 
to have known before, and even 'lowed that they were 
either firing blank cartridges or else they were aiming 
in the other direction. And some of them acknowledged 
it was so by getting mad, and after Sam had gone one 
of them felt so hurt as to say from the pulpit that 
he would not bandy vulgar terms with Sam, when he 
might have served his city and his God better by ac- 
kowledging that Sam was right by taking his medicine 
and preaching a genuine temperance or rather anti- 
saloon sermon, thus breaking his quiet on the subject. 

The trouble with Sara is, he says things. Did you 
ever think of that? 

The Lynchburg preachers as a rule are more careful 
what they don't say than what they do say. 

Their sermons are an attempt to conceal what their 
consciences, if they have any, would speak out. 

If they had no conscience they might at least be 
interesting, for their speech would not be hampered 
by dodging the point. 

Long live Sam Jones, for Sam hath a way of 
telling the TRUTH. Again we say, long live Sam 

It is to be regretted that the truth about us is so 
VULGAR, Did you ever think that sin, however 
polished up by the forms and conventions and customs 
of society, is at the bottom mighty dirty and vulgar? 

^ ^ ^ 

Just a short while ago, July 4th, the first number of 
The Idea appeared. Since that time, as a result of the 
kicking of this little paper, the Lynchburg News has 
come out in an editorial roasting the Traction and 
Light Co. for furnishing the city with such bad elec- 
tric lights; the same paper has jumped on the same 
company on account of the poor quality of gas fur- 
nished the city and the citizens; many women have 


been indicted and fined for running houses of ill fame; 
disorderly houses on Twelfth Street have been broken 
up; the mayor has announced his intention of clean- 
ing up lower Ninth Street; the preachers have 
awakened to their duty and last Sunday, September 
30th, three sermons were preached on civic righteous- 
ness from the pulpits of the city; the papers have 
published as never before kicks of the citizens against 
existing abuses and nuisances; a wholsome public 
sentiment has been aroused, and it even looks as tho the 
city council were going to wake up and do something 
along the line of considering the people's wishes in 
their actions. 

The Idea has a right to feel proud of this record, 
for it feels that it is to blame for initiating this wave 
of reform that is breaking over Ljmchburg. 

^ <^ <^ 

When that bunch of gamblers was arrested the 
other day the mayor told them that he would not fine 
them this time because there was a doubt as to whether 
the place was a public resort or not, and yet if a negro 
is caught shooting crap anywhere the honorable mayor 
proceeds to fine or put the unfortunate in jail. 

The mayor then told the bad boys that everytime they 
engaged in a game in such a place they were violating 


the law. But these eighteen young society men are 
the class that put and keep the mayor in office. You 
see how it works? <^ <:^ <:^ 

We wonder why the mayor did not break up the 
houses of ill fame without waiting for the grand 
jury to Tbring in indictments against nineteen of them. 
It was his duty to see that it was done; he knew all 
about their existence, so did the chief of police. 

Now, it looks to us like there must be some reason 
for the mayor's failure to perform his duty. 

What do you think about it, and do you want him 
for mayor again? 

Did you notice all the whiskey hands go up? They 
put him there, with your consent. And whiskey and 
crooked women and gambling go together. Read else- 
where in this number what Sam Jones said about Mayor 
Smith. Also read what he said about Judge Christian, 
the church steward who rents out two or three bar- 
rooms. Judge Christian knows how unchristian it is, 
but you see he can get so much more money from bar- 
keepers than he can from other renters. Yet Judge 
Christian makes threats every now and then against 
the barkeepers for keeping disorderly houses, but they 
know that his threats are not loaded, for he can't 
afford to refuse licenses to others when he grants them 
to his own tenants. You understand? 


Maytoe some day we will tell you how this little 
man came to be judge. 

^ ^ ^ 

It happens that Judge Christian has a son who, like 
his father, is of the opinion that he owns the town. 
Well, this son went to the store of Mr. Watts on Fifth 
Avenue and proceeded to stick his hands in the pickle 
barrel. Mr. Watts ordered him out. The boy not only 
refused to be ordered, but got saucy and disorderly, 
until Mr. Watts in duty to his customers and in order 
to show the boy that he and not the kid owned the 
store, smacked the boy (and those who saw it say it 
was so gentle that it could hardly be dignified with 
the term of smack,) when what the boy needed was a 
sound flogging. The boy, neither hurt nor crying, after 
making a purchase walked out. 

Later the Judge walked in and after making a 
a disturbance, for which he should have been put in 
jail, got out a warrant for Mr. Watts' arrest, and our 
little 2x4 mayor, contrary to the evidence, fined Mr. 
Watts twenty dollars just because the little rascal 
happened to be Judge Christian's son. Those who 
were present at the trial by the mayor say that it was 
the worst case of miscarriage of justce they ever wit- 


Inasmuch as The Idea has found it necessary in fight- 
ing for better government to CALL NAMES and expose 
the wrong doings of INDIVIDUALS, and make even 
some very harsh statements a"bout PARTICULAR 
PERSONS, we fear that some few of our readers who 
have not read CAREFULLY all that we have had 
to say may get the idea that we do this simply to make 
the paper sell, i. e., that our object is simply to be 
sensational for the money that is in it. Now, tho we 
are sure that most of our readers understand our 
motives, we still think it would not be out of place 
to state that we regret exceedingly that in order to 
make our fight for better Lynchburg, we find it 
necessary to hit the nail squarely on the head even if 
in so doing it sometimes gives offence. The truth often 
becomes disagreeable even to the teller, but when the 
public welfare demands it, even a disagreeable duty 
ought not to be shirked. Every man owes a duty to 
his fellowman; we regret that ours sometimes becomes 
a disagreeable one. 

The editor has always been a peaceable and quiet, 
even a bashful person, and would be the last person 
in the world to PICK A FUSS, but he feels that con- 
ditions for which he is not to blame demand some 
very plain statements, and he has undertaken what he 
conceives to be his duty to himself, to his family and 


to his fellow-man in an impartial and fair-minded man- 
ner and with the kindliest feelings even towards those 
whom The Idea must most offend. 

We believe that the people of Lynchburg appreciate 
the spirit of The Idea, and we want to say to them 
that we believe that, due largely to their kindly 'sup- 
port, the day is not far distant when this disagreeable 
feature of the magazine can be dropped and our atten- 
tion can be directed more to building up better things 
than to tearing down bad things. The mayor has al- 
ready awoke to a partial realization of his duty, our 
daily papers have already become exceedingly more 
public spirited and the preachers have begun to preach, 
three in one day realizing all of a sudden that they 
had been neglecting their duty, and in many other 
ways good RESULTS have come from this dirty foun- 
dation work. 

Now, we are shortly to address ourselves to more 
constructive work. There will, however, always be 
need for the muck-rake and the broom wherever there 
is muck or dirt, and The Idea is always ready to do 
its best in this or any other capacity. Now at the 
present rate it will shortly be no longer necessary to 
do any more of this disagreeable personal work, then 


we will have space in which to direct the attention 
of voters to their duty in other ways and our ' ' lines will 
have fallen in pleasant paths." 

^ ^ ^ 

We realize that our form of government is as much 
to blame as our officers for our uneconomical and un- 
business-like management of city affairs, and we are 
now in communication with our Senator Thomas as 
to the best means to adopt to get a better form of 
government for Lynchburg. The editor of The Idea 
had the good fortune in college days to be a student of 
civil government for a courss of lectures under 
Woodrow Wilson, a native Virginian, now president of 
Princeton University, whose name is mentioned in 
connection with the Democratic nomination for Presi- 
dent. After having made a careful study of govern- 
ment in its various stages from its patriarchal be- 
ginnings down to the city, state and national govern- 
ments of modern times, he become a teacher of civil 
government for one term. Knowing, therefore, that 
American city government as a rule isi about as bad as 
could well be devised and believing that this is due 
to the fact that Americans have been too busy in the 
commercial development of their country to give their 
time to planning a good form of business-like manage- 


ment of civil affairs, we have been exceedingly pleased 
to notice the development of good city government 
ideas, especially in London, England, and Galveston, 
Texas. ^ 

Lynchburg has perhaps as good city officials as can 
easily be found under the present system anywhere, 
but our government machinery is bulky, unwieldy, has 
too many cogs, it don't work smoothly. Galveston, 
Texas, after the great storm that left the city in 
financial and physical ruin, hit upon a plan of modern, 
commonsense, economical administration of city affairs, 
government by a committee of five, which has brought 
beauty out of chaos. Now, The Idea wants Lynchburg 
to adopt just such a commonsense form of government. 
Why should not this big corporation of the people 

The people must take charge of their own affairs 
not indirectly through an irresponsible council, but 
directly through a business committee directly responsi- 
ble to the people. Later we shall have more to say 
about this; for the present let those interested get 
McClure's Magazine for October, and see what the 
people of Galveston think of the government of their 
city, revived morally and economically as well as 


Under the present law the mayor could, if he chose, 
shut up as public nuisances all the gambling dens run 
under the name of pool rooms, mostly in connection 
with bar-rooms, on Main, Ninth and Twelfth Streets. 
He knows of the existence on these streets of dens 
which the law makes it his duty to close as public 
nuisances if for no other reason. 

But you see it is the "baser sort," the crooked 
element, the whiskey vote that has kept Mayor Smith 
in oflice. Clean men have opposed him, but they have 
never had the strength to break down the fortifica- 
tions of his opposition, neither have they had the en- 
dorsement that the Lynchburg papers should have given 
them. Those papers have never taken any position 
on such questions, they recognize no obligation to the 
community to fight the fight of the people. How is 
this statement: 



But perhaps Mr. Glass is so full of fear that he 
thinks such a course might hurt his chances at election 

We ought to have a mayor that would clear up 
Twelfth Street, a dirty, vile hole, and at the same time 
the only outlet from Main Street that nearly half the 
town has to use. But our little mayor simply fines a 
whore when the people make it so hot he has to, and 
then he lets her ply her old trade again. 

He fines the keeper of a gambling den, and then 
tells the gamblers that he will fine THEM NEXT 
TIME, tho in the next breath he says they are guilty 
of an infraction of the law. Why don't he even 
ATTEMPT to break it up? You know as well as we 
that he has to look to them to keep him in ofiice at 
election time. 

Justice! My! 

It's so strange that liberty-loving Virginians will 
swallow a dose like Smith. And then after taking it 
they will take the same vile medicine again and again. 

Wake up, you sleepy-headed voters, and kick the 
rascals out. 

We can promise you that a man will be nominated 
next time. 


September 28, — The News of this morning reports the 
fining of a woman for keeping a disorderly house on 
the corner of Twelfth and Clay Streets, a notori- 
ously indecent section right on one of our main streets. 
From the article in question we quote the followi|ng: 

"Then the mayor said that on Wednesday as many 
as three persons had seen him personally and com- 
plained of the disorder at Twelfth and Clay Streets. 
He declared this should not continue and he would 
instruct the police department to put a stop to these 
disorders and clean up the comer." 

Now just read that over again, will you? "THREE 

What a condemnation of the mayor's own acts from 
his own lips! He tells us that his own police are so 
instructed that they will not break up the public 
nuisances of the town until the people continue to make 
it so hot for him that he is PERSUADED, after three 
protests in one day, to instruct the police to make an 
arrest. What a shame on the town that it has not 
a man of his word as mayor! He has sworn to execute 
the laws, and yet by his own admission he don't do 
it until he has to. The people have known all along 
that the mayor was kept in office by the disorderly 


element, but they did not know he would admit it 

If we want order in Lynchburg the orderly people 
in Lynchburg have got to put in a MAN. We must 
not let the baser element put in their man with so 
little opposition. 

Sam Jones was right when he said he could take 
his old tooth brush and do more towards cleaning 
Lynchburg than the mayor was doing. 

<^ ^ <^ 

August 28. — We have a letter to-day from a resident 
of Elm Avenue, who claims that along that street from 
Walnut on to the Southern Railway, no garbage wagon 
ever comes, and yet the residents are fined for throw- 
ing garbage in the roadway. Our correspondent writes 
that one tax-payer "filled two barrels with trash last 
April and set them outside his gate, as he had been 
accustomed to on other streets, and there they sit to- 
day, while the garbage wagon goes up and down Court 
and Main Streets gathering up trash for the well-to-do, 
while the poor have to live on in filth. ' * 

Another correspondent wants us to stir up somebody 
about the miserable condition of the city market. 


About our commonwealth's attorney. The people of 
Campbell County and the people of the city have "both 
heen after The Idea to say something about the state 
of the people's legal affairs. In Lynchburg we have 
as commonwealth's attorney Robert D. Yancey, who 
holds his position because he is "hail fellow well 
met." He belongs to many orders and has many 
friends who think they ought to vote for him just 

Now, Mr. Yancey's fault is simply incompetency. 
The city needs a bigger man. We never heard a word 
against Mr. Yancey's character; he's all right — so are 
babies. The trouble comes here. There is hardly a 
two-by-four lawyer in town who is not more than a 
match for him and who can not almost dictate terms 
on which a case before him is to be settled. Lynch- 
burg is worthy of better things, and will soon have 
them, but in the past we have not presented a united 
front because we have not had a daily to take up the 

Now for the county: Mr. Murrell's faults are simi- 
lar only in part. The people complain that he is not 
aggressive. He is a man of sterling character and is 
privately very favorably known to the editor, but his 
fellow citizens complain that he spends too much of his 
time here in Lynchburg that they think ought to be 


given more directly to county affairs. He is, they say, 
inactive, dilatory, procrastinative, until it is too late 
to prosecute the county's wishes. But we shall have 
more to say of county affairs later. 

<4 <^ ^ 

The next number on the program will be a SUPRANO 
Solo by Mr. R. D. Apperson: 

Sing a song of street-cars. 

Nickels by the score, — 
What d' we care for Lynchburg 

So the pennies pour? 
Six or seven car-tracks 

And a mighty barn, 
What a good old death-trap, — 

Does the Council give a darn? 

^ ^ ^ 

We are in receipt of communications from prominent 
preachers, lawyers, bank cashiers, wholesale merchants 
and business men and women, which have made us feel 
good and have shown beyond the shadow of a doubt 
that the people of Lynchburg are disgusted with the 
past state of affairs and that the whole town is in a 
good humor over the turn of events and is determined 
that the days of political bossism in Lynchburg are 


numbered and that it will not be long ere the people 
throw off the shackles that bind them. Below we 
publish A letter from the president of one of our 
largest manufacturing houses which serves to illus- 
trate the attitude of the citizens. We have received 
too many such letters to answer them all personally, so 
we take this means of acknowledging them and sin- 
cerely thank the authors for their kind words of en- 
couragement. ^ 

Lynchburg, Va., Aug. 25, 1906. 
Mr. A. A. Yoder, 


Dear Sir: — I am just in receipt of the second issue 
of "The Idea." I failed to get a copy of the first 
issue. I want one, also all others issued, therefore I 
enclose $1.00 for which send me a copy of the first 
issue, and enter my name as a permanent subscriber. 
You seem to be the man for the place, and I trust will 
continue the good work. 

With best wishes, I remain. 

Sincerely yours, 

^ ^ ^ 

"Both the Democratic and Republican parties have 
long been disgraced and dominated by men of this 
type controlling party organization. Party organiza- 


tion was created originally to render effective the will, 
of the people. The servant has become the master, 
and the executive machinery controUed "by small 
groups of selfish and usually corrupt men, has been 
used to deprive the people of the parties of their politi- 
cal freedom. The fight is not to destroy parties. 
Parties are essential to the proper working of our 
political institutions. The fight is to free the parties 
from just such men as Murphy. To deprive them of 
their control of the executive machinery; to restore it 
to the discharge of the functions for which it was creat- 
ed, viz., the effective expression of the will of the people 
who compose the party. When this is done we shall 
have leaders and not bosses; we shall then have con- 
ventions of real delegates seeking to determine whom 
the people want placed in nomination. We shall have 
candidates and public officers in whose choice the peo- 
ple's voice has been potent, and who will feel that 
their responsibility is to the people and not to some 
political boss who created them." — Wm. T. Jerome. 

<^ ^ ^ 

The Idea is no Republican paper. In fact, it is as 
rank a Democratic affair as our Socialistic-Democratic 
friends, Thomas Jefferson or William J. Bryan or Wil- 
liam R. Hearst could wish, and yet it calls on all good 


Democrats to vote for Mr. Heermans, the Republican 
nominee for Congress, against Mr. Glass, the Demo- 
cratic machine nominee. 

We don't know what Mr. Heermans will do, "but he 
is a clean man. We do know what Mr. Glass has not 
done. We vote for men, not promises. 

Mr. Roosevelt is more democratic than Parker ever 
hoped to he. 

Mr. Heermans would have to be mighty poor ma- 
terial if he were not a better Democrat than Mr. Glass. 

<^ ^ ^ 

Now and then we find an advertiser, like a grocery- 
man whose stock changes from day to day, who can 
not use to advantage advertising space in The Idea. 
But with one accord they all say: "Go ahead and get 
out that daily and we'll give you an ad. We can't get 
any satisfaction from the News or Advance, but you 
know we just have to use them." 

<4 ^ ^ 

A little while ago we had a scrap with Spain about 
Cuba; perhaps you remember it. Well, General Miles 
was commanding Uncle Sam's forces about that time 
and he took some of our boys over to fight for free 


Cuba, etc. The enemy did not kill many of them, but 
several thousand of them died and Miles told the coun- 
try that embalmed beef did it. The administration for 
reasons unknown then did not like for Miles to say that, 
even if he thought it. So they proceeded to undo Miles. 
He was officially snubbed and almost ostracized in 

A few years afterwards Upton Sinclair, a young nov- 
elist, wrote a book which came out as a serial in the 
"Appeal to Reason," Wayland's socialist paper. 

This book, * * The Jungle, ' ' told some shocking things 
about the meat industry in Chicago and the President 
felt constrained to make a little speech about ''Muck- 
rakers, ' ' but the people had gotten hot and Mr. Roose- 
velt finally made an investigation and found the charges 
made by Sinclair to be true. The report finally leaked 
out, and it looked as if something was going to be done, 
but the meat packers had already packed Congress and 
so the bill that Congress finally passed was perfectly 
harmless, except to the people, who, according to its 
provisions, will have to pay about three million a year 
for government inspection of meats which will not be 
worth a row of pins. But the people are waking up. 
Miles' name is held in honor. The soldier who dared 
has been vindicated. Ere long Senators will be selected 
by the people instead of by the interests and we will 


yet have a representative government in America. Re- 
member, "ETERNAIi vigilance is the price of free- 
dom." If you voters don't kick, you won't get what 
you want. The world is making progress "just as fast 
as your stupidity will permit," as Fra Elbert says. 

^ ^ ^ 


(An early poem by Alyn O'Dare.) 

If life be but the being of a day; 

If death be simply dying and decay ; 

If evolution be the universal mode; 

If life upon the strongest be bestowed; 

If Hedonism's self hold his full sway, 

And God be not the ruler of the day, 

Nor King of Kings, nor Lord of Lords and men; 

If when we die we live no more again; 

If thus we part fore'er from actions pale; 

If when we die to nothingness we hail; 

If God be but convention of the mind; 

If when we die we leave Him thus behind; 

If heaven be such and hell itself be not; 

If life be simply living, with no plot 

Nor plan mapped out by being most supreme; 

If God be but a finite thought or dream ; 


If such a One we be not born to please, 

But if to live for pleasure and for ease — 

If this the summum bonum be of life, 

To shun its sorrows and its mad'ning strife — 

Or if to live that others pleasure find; 

If altruism should our actions bind; 

If life be but to live and death to die, 

I still will bow, and to my God on high 

My prayer shall still ascend, "Thy will be done." 

Though God be not, nor Holy Ghost nor Son. 

Yes, all along this rugged path and hard, 
Man's feeble mind must have itself a God. 
And if he live for pleasure's sake alone. 
For peace and happiness his race be run; 
Or if for others' sake this life he'd live, 
That he might others joy and gladness give, 
There is a Book will show him how to find 
This peace the world has sought for and repined. 

Thus first his own life will be made more glad; 

If he'll but heed and turn, to self he'll add 

Another life of pleasure full and free. 

And lose his care for soul's eternity. 

Then altruism, pure and undefiled, 

Will rule him who was once astray and wild, 


And others happiness and joy he'll give, 
He'll beg them turn and his existence live. 

And thus, O, God! if Thou do live or no 

I'll worship Thee and live a Christian, so 

That others here this happiness and joy 

May have, and not with this world's base alloy. 

I'll take me to some heathen land of woe, 

And tell the nations of the joy I know, 

From sin's black sorrows grant them all release; 

And point them to my God, my Prince of Peace. 


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F I knew you and you knew me — 
If both of us could clearly see, 
And with an inner sight divine 
The meaning of your heart and mine, 
I'm sure that we would differ less 
And clasp our hands in friendliness : 
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree 
If I knew you and you knew me. 

— The T^hilistine. 

V The Ideoc ^ 

Vol. I NOVEMBER, 1906 No. 5 

CGotten up by the Minority in the 
Interests of the Majority, and Edited 
and Published by Adon A. Yoder. 

This number of The Idea is dedicated to my much 
beloved friend, Abe Runcator, of Norfolk, whom I 
never heard of till today, and whose little "Muck 
Rake," only three months old, (born since The Idea 
came into existence) is the warmest thing I ever tried 
to read. 

The "Muck Rake" has done things though, as is 
shown by the fact that Abe has a trial on his hands 
for libel. (You know Jesus of Na2areth did things, and 
said things, too; for did he not say: "Damn you 
elders and judges, or deacons and lawyers, "or 
scribes and Pharisees," or something like that — "for 
you collect your fees and neglect the "weightier matters 


of the law.** And the first thing Jesus knew he had 
a trial on his hands.) 

Well, Abe has a trial on his hands, but Abe no 
doubt will fight; for Abe is not a follower of Jesus 
(and if you say you are I don't believe you), tho Abe 
BELIEVES in Jesus. When they tried Jesus he ** turn- 
ed the other cheek." Well, they don't make many that 
way now. Abe won't let them kill him, I trust, nor 
the "Muck Rake" either. (Neither will they kill 
The Idea.) 

Well, Abe is just raising Cain "down by the sea- 
shore," and my! the rascals are hot, — "taking 
council together against him how they might destroy 
him." Ab^ went for child labor down there, — and 
we are going for it some day up here, if they don't put 
us in jail. Ha! ha! Then he went for the chief of 
police and the mayor; and it looks like it is much 
worse down there than it is up here. Then he got all 
over the daily papers and the drug stores for adver- 
|;ising the Cooper medicines as they did. Now, if The 
Idea had had space you would have heard from it on 
the Cooper medicine question, but it has not until now, 
and now it has not time to do it, (you know the editor 
has had to devote some of his time to the law lately), 
so we have decided to let Abe do it for us; for Abe 
has brains, — The Idea can't hold a candle-light to 

the "Muck Rake." Abe did it so well that we are 
just borrowing, without his consent, what he had to 
say and you will find it in this number. 

Keep fighting, Abe, only don't fight me for stealing 
your "Rake." Maybe I can retaliate by lending you 
an "Idea" some day. And, Abe, "the common people 
will hear you gladly.'' The whole town is awake up 
here; and, Abe, tho they are trying to put me in jail, 
I'm feeling right good all over. 

Well, Abe, give 'em 'ell if they need it. I don't 
know anjrthing about hell hereafter, but some folks 
need a lot of it right now, so they'll help "make this 
world an Eden like the heaven above." 

"Don't give up the ship," Abe. God be with you. 

Wait a minute, Abe; I wish you would tell me what 
kind of folks you have down there that they give you 
so many ads., — and your little old "Muck Rake" is a 
heap ranker than my "Idea." 

I want to double the size of my little kicker, and 
I don't want to double the price, so I'll have to get 
more advertisers. Now, I ain't much of a beggar, and 
I just expect the business folks to know a good thing 
when they see it, but don't you know I find it rather 
hard to get ads.? The bunch of advertisers I've got 
say that I'm just giving space away and "it's cheap 
as dirt,'* and they speak for space three months in 


advance. Then the rest of the fellows say, * * Go ahead, 
Yoder, it's the finest thing that ever hit this town; but 
I sold that fellow you hit a handkerchief once and he 
has not paid for it yet; so you see I can't afford to give 
you an ad. But I am mighty glad you hit him; he 
deserved every word of it, and more. Hit him again." 
You see there are so many of *em up here to be hit 
that between 'em they have almost the whole town in 
their meshes; and the trouble is the poor conservative 
fellows are hanging behind waiting to collect that ten 
cents for the handkerchief, and the fellow with enter- 
prise enough to advertise in The Idea is getting all 
the new trade. Trouble is, I reckon I give it to 'em 
too cheap. The Idea last month cost me $77.50 and 
the ads. netted me about $30.00. I'm just giving it 

First thing you know I am going to put the price 
up; then you watch the suckers suck. 

I sold more Ideas this month than I sold last month, 
and I know I will sell more next month than this. You 
see the judge gave me some free advertising. 

Well, Abe, I am making a living, — and rich folks 
can't go to heaven anyhow. And I'm having a heaven- 
ly time as it is, kicking and sawing wood in the day, 
"nussing" the baby at night. 

I'm sending you The Idea, Abe; you just send me 


the "Rake" for ninety-nine years, and no longer, and 
I won't kick. 

Below you will find what the **Muck Rake" says. 
The Lynchburg News printed the same vile stuff with- 
out stars and led the people to believe that it was 
telegraphic news. 

'^ ^ ^ 

(Clipped from the November Muck Rake.) 
More Patent Perfidy! 

"The Muck Rake exposed a bit of fraud in its 
September issue and warned its readers against the 
perfidy of the Ledger-Dispatch in printing fake ad- 
vertisements in the , guise of news. The fraud, the 
perfidy, the criminal depravity of the thing was so 
obvious that any newspaper with a decent trait left 
would have discontinued the practice. 

"But decency and the Ledger-Dispatch separated 
when Jim Thompson and Joe Fiveash quit the Daily 
Worry Club. 

"Instead of cancelling contracts with green goods 
men, the Ledger-Dispatch continues to sign them 
on and in place of the Great Andes * curing' life 
cripples in three minutes, we have now the 'Great 
Cooper' curing deaf mutes in that same mystic frag- 
ment of time. 


"Printed as news, under regulation news head lines 
and dated St. Louis, with no marks to indicate that 
it is advertising, these * Great Cooper' stories began 
to appear in the Ledger-Dispatch late last month. 
The Muck Rake reproduces one of them on another 
page. It is a good object lesson and the public will 
read between the lines the character of a newspaper 
that would countenance murder for a price. 

"But how will the Ledger console itself? Look ye 
to the Virginian-Pilot: that newspaper, so long classed 
with the eminently respectable, is committing the 
same offence and gold-bricking its readers, with the 
'Great Cooper' stories, when they pay for a distinc- 
tion between news and ads. Thank God the old Land- 
mark and Portsmouth Star have preserved their respect- 
ability in this latest fraud. 

Fools, take Notice! 

"I Jeam that the Great Cooper is coming to Nor- 
folk, and that his fraudulent advertising run as news 
stories by the Ledger and the Pilot is to pave the way 
for him among gullible folk who dream about tomb- 
stones every time their stomachs ache. This man 
Cooper goes after the pocket book of a man by way 
of his stomach. Before beginning the sale of his drugs, 
he puts in about a week scaring every one in the com- 


munity into the belief that they have tape worms from 
30 to 50 feet long. When he has all of the susceptibles 
believing that they have these tape worms, he starts 
in with a sale of his 'preparation' to make the worms 
skiddoo. Of course the worms disappear, because 
they were never there in the first place. IMAGINA- 
TION. Cooper is coming to Norfolk. And when he 
gets here I am thinking he will find a little surprise in 
store. The Norfolk Medical Society is onto him, the 
Muck Rake is still living, and we have a Board of Con- 
trol and a Chief of Police that are learning their busi- 

"L. T. Cooper, you had better steer clear of Norfolk. 

"And as for the newspapers that would aid him in 
fleecing afflicted people, I would suggest to them that 
the public is no longer the big, passive fool thing 
that it used to be, and that it is coming to a point 
where they will have to turn over a new leaf or go 
into the patent medicine business and be done with it. 

The Real Crime of Patent Medicine. 

"The crime of patent medicine will never be suc- 
cessfully legislated against until our legislators rec- 
ognize and understand the laws of psychology. 

"The chief crime of patent medicine is not in the 
sale of harmful, dopeful drugs and stimulants that 


do not cure disease. The chief crime of patent medi- 
cine is in making a market for its wares where no 
market existed, in working upon the mpods and fears 
of the ignorant, credulous, working them up to an 
injurious frame of mind, producing in them the symp- 
toms of the disease for which the drug is advertised. 
That is the chief crime of patent medicine. I will 
declare without compromise that the average adver- 
tiser of patent medicine produces more ills than cures; 
I declare further that the effects of ninety-nine per 
cent, of all advertised patent drugs are to be directly 
attributed to the fine art of the ad. writer and not 
to the drugs; I believe firmly that a newspaper that 
will print this advertising is as guilty of murder as 
he who deliberately administers slow poison to a fel- 
low human. My statements will seem broad to many, 
reckless and extravagant to many more. I shall re- 
peat them and then attempt to prove my point. 

**Th(B chief crime of patent medicine is in making 
diseased minds, to produce purchasers for their drugs; 
advertised patent medicines make more ill than cures; 
the newspaper that will print the advertising of these 
dopeful drugs is as guilty of murder as he who ad- 
ministers slow poison, and far more dangerous, for the 
newspaper commits the crime for a price and deliber- 
ately maintains the business of a hired assassin. 


"The Christian Science church is an established suc- 
cess. Only fools and ignoramuses will longer deny its 
wonderful cures by mental healing. Barring drugs 
and surgery, the Christian Scientists concentrate their 
minds upon a sick one, impress upon him the belief 
that his disease is a matter of imaginlation, and that 
he will recover. The suggestion is repeated, even to 
monotony, and the patient gets well. 

"The hypnotist takes his subject in hand, repeats to 
him the suggestion that he will sleep. The sugges- 
tion is continued, and the subject sleeps. 

"There is no mystery in Christian Science, no mys- 
tery in hypnotism. 

"When I have explained the secret of the phe- 
nomena you will excuse the sudden break in my 
argument, as you will find I am seeking to make my 
argument clear. 

"The Christian Scientist, the hypnotist, the mental 
healer, the clairvoyant, the mental telepathist, the 
spiritualist, are indebted for their peculiar gifts to 
the simple fact of mind's control of matter, of the 
control of mind over mind. *I think, therefore I 
am,' said Descartes. Thought is everything, mind 
is all-controlling. The normal human being is abso- 
lutely to be controlled and subjected to the caprice of 
a subjective mind. This subjective mind is all-power- 


fill, all-seeing, and in absolute control, at an instant's 
command, of every organ and faculty of its human 
shell or tabernacle. The Christian Scientist, the hypno- 
tist and their kind have simply stumbled upon the 
secret of how to command this dormant, subjective 
mind, to in turn command the body as well. 

"The secret is merely this: 

*'This subjective mind is subject and amenable to 
suggestion, and suggestion alone. 

"The Christian Scientist gives his patient the sug- 
gestion of recovery. By repetition it is conveyed to 
the subjective mind and this invisible, intangible thing, 
akin to the equally mysterious electric current and the 
God that directs them both, accepts the suggestion and 
governs the patient accordingly. 

"The hypnotist's subject gets the suggestion of 
sleep in his subjective mind, and this mind, absolute 
in its control, wills him to sleep, and sleep he does. 

' * (Those who will question what I have contended 
so far are respectfully referred to the 'Reports of 
the London Society for the Psychological Research ; ' 
the 'Reports of the Seybort Commission;* 'Hypno- 
tism' by Cocke; 'As a Man Thinkest' by James Allen; 
Hudson's 'Law of Psychic Phenomena' and 'Science 
of Mental Healing;' and subjects of hypnotism and 
suggestive theraputics as treated by the Encyclopedia 


Brittanica or the Century Dictionary. There is no 
space for prolonged argument here.) 

Now for my argument that the chief crime of pat- 
ent medicine is in making ills to produce a market 
for its cures: 

"The power of suggestion that cures a patient of an 
ill will work in opposite order if willed. By sug- 
gestion the symptoms of disease may be made to 
vanish; by suggestion the symptoms of disease may 
be made to appear. 

"Every suggestion of the average heavily advertised 
patent drug is but a suggestion to the subjective 
minds of the credulous to produce in them the symp- 
toms of the disease for which the drug is prescribed. 

"Picture to yourself the expectant mother reading 
an ad. of Lydia Pinkham or Dr. Pierce. In that 
eventful, soul-trying period of life, when death, and 
death alone, is all the future woman dreams and pines 
upon, every straw is a life raft; every suggestion, no 
matter how false, a ton in the scales, against reason. 

"Picture to yourself the average tired, dissatisfied, 
yearning woman: to this type of wonjan the sweetest 
words are words of sympathy for an ill, real or imagin- 
ary; she feels an" interest in life only if others will 
agree with her plaints or see in her a suffering, ailing 
woman. In reality all she needs is a thimble-full of 


common sense, ten minutes walk in the fresh air, 
ventilated corsets and a piece of barrel stave. Instead 
she gets hold of a Peruna ad. describing the symptoms 
of a fashionable disease. To bed she goes and Dr. 
Hartman puts another dollar in his pockets, minus the 
druggist's commission and the hand-out to the press. 

''Imagine, then, the ignorant poor aflaicted suddenly 
with some queer tinge of pain or a cough. Liquozone 
and Dr. King's New Discovery do the rest for him. 
Frightened with fears for his family lest he suc- 
cumb to rheumatism or consumption, as the case may 
be, he reads the murderous advertisement that in horri- 
ble details describes the symptoms, forcing the sugges- 
tion, and in truth he does succumb. Suggestion did it. 

**0h, the horrors of it! It sickens me, this vile, 
disgusting, murderous traffic in human hopes and 
human lives. And Christianity does not solve the 

' * The remedy is to educate the people in the funda- 
mental principles of human existence and human needs. 
An effective remedy might be to first educate our 
legislators; but this could not be, as politics and poli- 
ticians are no better and no worse than the mass who 
give them being — to better our government we must 
better the governed. 

"God, when will it be?" 



Astonishing Demonstration is 

Made by Cooper in 

St. Louis 

St. Louis, Sept. 26, 1906. 

On Wednesday after- 
noon some remarkable 
demonstrations were given 
in public by T. L. Cooper, 
or the "Great Cooper," 
as he is called, who is 
introducing for the first 
time in St. Louis the pre- 
paration which created a 
sensation in Eastern 

The demonstrations 
took place at Mr. Cooper's 
head-quarters and were 
witnessed by several hun- 
dred people. As nearly 
as could be learned the 
facts were these : 

At three o'clock in the 
afternoon the young man 
agreed to show what one 
of his remedies would do 
for deafness, and agreed 
to make any one present 
who was afflicted with 
deafness hear again in 
less than three minutes. 

There were many deaf 
people present and about 
a dozen of these ^ wer« 

given the demonstration, 
consisting of a single ap- 
plication of one of the 
Cooper preparations. 

The hearing of these 
people was then tested 
after an interval of be- 
tween two and three 
minutes. The test con- 
sisted of questions put 
to them in an ordinary 
conversational tone at 
distances varying from 
five to thirty feet. 

The results were re- 
markable in the extreme. 
Some of these people who 
were treated had been 
deaf for a, number of 
years. When the first 
question was asked a look 
of amazement would 
spread over their faces 
and they would forget to 
answer the question. As 
the questions were repeat- 


Here is a sample of what 
the Ledger-Dispatch and the 
Virginian-Pilot have been 
giving their readers for 
news lately. This news- 
paper article reproduced 
alongside here is advertis- 
ing of a patent medicine 
fraud and is paid for at a 
good, stiff price, because 


the newspapers that are criminal enough to print such 
stuff try to salve their consciences with a price. News- 
papers that will print the advertising of Peruna, Dr. 
Pierce, and Lydia Pinkham are vile enough, but the 
public knows it is advertising. With these Andes and 
Cooper (Stories printed as news the public is imposed 
upon, because it has no means of distinguishing it 
from legitimate news. I repeat here what I have said 
PRICE. — (From the Muck Rake.) 

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The Idea has already been promised that its suggee- 
tion in a former number about better form of city 
government in Virginia will be up in the Legislature, 
"The morning light is breaking." 

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We are not bidding for your cheers, nor would we 
have you hiss those whom we expose. THIS is our 
object: We are preaching to YOU. GET BETTER 

The Idea is a baby-waker; if it jars you don't cry. 
The sun is already near the zenith. It is just a little 
foggy and shady — politically, we mean. It's time for 
you blubbering whining infants to roll out or get 
pulled out. 



Their noonday never knows 

What names immortal are: 
'Tis night alone that shows 
How star surpasseth star. 

— ^John B. Tahh. 
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Victoria Avenue. — The residents of Victoria Ave- 
nue in Ri Vermont, just heyond the Ri Vermont Bridge, 
are in a sad plight. They find it next to impossible 
to go to church at night and the streets almost impass- 
able in the day. The mud for the last several months 
has been so deep that all planks put down by the 
residents to walk on in the morning are out of sight 
in the mire before dinner; and the ladies who like to 
go out now and then, or have to .go out often, after 
giving up the problem of comfortable egress from their 
homes, have called on The Idea to say something. 
Publicity has already bettered conditions in other 
sections; we trust that this comment will help to bring 
relief to this much neglected section. 

The tax-payers in many sections of the town have 
been complaining for years of the fact that they can- 
not get sidewalks and improvements that were almost 
absolutely nejcessary to their comfort along their 


properties, even after they had agreed to pay their 
portion of the cost, and in many instances after it 
had been ordered by the Council. And yet certain 
favored sections get more than is necessary, and in 
some instances more than would be wise even if the 
rest of the citizens were cared for. 

Such complaints are continually coming to our 

Now, we are in thorough sympathy with every move 
to beautify our city, but we do believe, in providing 
NECESSITIES before providing LUXURIES. 

Ours is a democratic government founded on the 
principle of EQUAL EIGHTS TO ALL and special 
privileges to none, and this is what we are contending 
for. Let our luxuries be so disposed that they will 
be of value to all, and not to a favored few. 

Madison and Federal Streets have been paved (we 
refer to roadways now), and they make our city more 
beautiful. This would all be well enough if older and 
more needful sections occupied by poorer tax payers 
were not absolutely neglected. 

We want wiser expenditure of city monies. We 
want a SQUARE DEAL. 

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Civic League. — It gives us extremest pleasure to 
say a word of commendation of the movement ini- 


tiated by a band of public-spirited ladies for **the 
material and social betterment" of our beautiful 
city. These ladies, realizing the vastness and far- 
reaching importance of the work, have succeeded in 
arousing the citizens into organizing under the most 
favorable auspices the Civic League of Lynchburg. 
This organization is officered by our foremost and most 
public-spirited citizens and they have mapped out for the 
League work that is obliged to result in the beauti- 
fying and bettering of our city. The work of the 
League, due to Mr. Long and his committee on organi- 
zation, is put in the hands of committees responsible 
to a governing board, thus insuring a most expedi- 
tious and smooth-running accomplishment of the aims 
of the body. 

We bespeak for the League the hearty sympathy 
and co-operation (financial first) of every citizen who 
is interested in the welfare of Lynchburg. The possi- 
bilities of the work are almost incalculable. The need 
is great. Annual membership is one dollar a year. 
Business men of means are urged to become life mem- 
bers for $25.00, or sustaining members at $5.00 a year. 

There are committees, as follows: 

(1) Committee on Ways and Means — Mr. John W. 
Craddock, chairman. 

(2) Press, Publication and Public Meetings — Mrs. 
John H. Lewis, chairman. 


(3) Sanitation Committee — E. C. Hamner, chair- 

(4) Public and Private Nuisances — F. L. Knight, 

(5) Civic Cleaning and Street Improvement — Rev. 
J. R. Sevier, chairman. 

(6) Depot Improvements — H. H. Harris, chairman. 

(7) Pure Food — ^Mrs. John H. Christian, chairman. 

(8) Membership Committee — ^Miss Ella Miller, 

(9) Private Buildings and Grounds — Mrs. H. C. 
McDowell, chairman. 

(10) Parks and Public Reservations — A. R. Long, 

(11) Municipal Buildings — ^Rev. R. H. Fleming, 

(12) League Work in Schools — Miss Lucy L. Davis, 


^ ^ ^ 

The Van Dyke League. — There is no more admirable 
work being done in Lynchburg than that of the Van 
Dyke League, an association of women who are main- 
taining a home where working girls are getting board 
at less than actual cost. Can't some of the public- 
spirited men give this league a home better than the 
Y. M. C. A. building if the ladies want it, so that 


they may have ample room for the young ladies who 
are thronging our industrial city? All isuccess to such 
a wise, nohle and unselfish cause. 

^ <^ ^ 

"Progress springs from doubt, and until men are 
dissatisfied with the present order there is nothing for 
them in the future. The degeneration of nations has 
always sprung from one reason: they regard their 
government and religion as perfect. And any man 
who QUESTIONED either the religion or laws (and 
these things were always one) was quickly snuffed out. 
Society has killed and banished its best, — the inven- 
tors, originators, the men of genius, — and preserved 
the commonplace, that is, those without sufficient 
imagination to picture a better condition. 

"And the argument is this: When you are satis- 
fied with your art, your education, your work, your 
religion, the goverment under which you live, you are 
dying at the top and had better telephone for the 
undertaker. ' ' — ^Hubbard. 

^ ^ ^ 

I don't reckon there is a single man in Virginia 
who agrees with me in everything I have to 
say. It would indeed be strange if God had made 
even two people so much alike. The Idea is ^^itten 


to express just what one man tliinks, not to keep 
people from knowing what he thinks. 

We don't write to veil our thoughts, but to say 
something. If you don't like it, why that's all right. 
The man that will agree with you in everything has 
no spine. We don't write even to please you or 
anybody else; we write to make you think. If we 
accomplish that, then our work is not in vain. If we 
don't accomplish that, get something out of The Idea 
by building your fire with it. It certainly ought to 
be good for something. 

^ ^ ^ 


We mean about the price of The Idea. We think 
we can accomplish more by keeping the price at five 
cents a copy, and now that we see that it may hurt 
the circulation some we have hit upon another plan 
to get ourselves right with the world financially. So 
we are going to ask that those who sent us $1.00 sub- 
scriptions will send us the name of some friend to 
whom we can send the magazine for a year before 
we send back the 50 cents. 


The Idea is likely to have something to say next 
month, besides some announcements to make. 



Read that again. It's CERTAINLY got you if you 
don't know what it is and live in this part of the 


^ ^ <4 


How would you like to be carried around by the 
hind legs with your head dragging the ground, 
for about an hour or so? Chickens have feelings "like 
as we," and yet it has become such a conmion sight 
here to see four or five chickens with all their legs 
bound securely together carried around in this manner 
that we never stop to wonder what they would say 
of our so-called civilization if they could talk English. 
This is but one example of the way in which we treat 
all our animals. 

Ljmchburgers point with pride to the recent organi- 
zation of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to 


Animals, the last in a trio of public-spirited and al- 
truistic movements just started in their midst. This 
indeed makes a beautiful picture. May we never 
tire in such efforts. 

^ ^ <^ 


I sit 'neath a weeping willow tree; 
I sit, and seem to dream of thee — 
That wert thou ever gone from me 
My life would ever- drooping be 
As droops this weeping willow tree. 

* .tf. Jb Mm 41- 4f. 

^ TT w w w 

Three years have flown; full many a day 
Has wrought its change, and gone for aye; 
And O! fair one of my life's bright May! 
Thy voice is hushed, — sweet roundelay — 
Thy young life flitted far away. 

Again I sit 'neath the willow tree, 

And as I sit I dream of thee, 

And know, since now thou'rt gone from me, 

My life shall never ceasing be 

An ever-weeping willow tree. 

Alyn O'Dare. 



East Aurora, N. Y. 

July 24, 1906. 
My dear Friend: 

I must thank you for the copy of The Idea, which 
strikes me as very good stuff. I am a rebel "by instinct 
and when the rebels succeeded I believe we called them 
' * Saviors. ' * 

I have also done a little yelling in my time and am 
still at it. 

So here is a hand-grasp over the miles, for I am 

Your sincere 

Adon A. Yoder, 
Idea, ~ 
Lynchburg, Va. 

Elbert Hubbard. 




That anyone who is careful in spendi^tg 
his 772oney will not have occasion to be 
dissatisfied with his actions if he looks 
first at the Furnittcre a7td prices at 

I022 Main Street 
A. A. McCORKLE . Furniture, Stoves 

The First Number of The Idea 

A Few Copies left at 
Twenty-five Cents each 

Address The Idea, Lynchburg, Va., or see 
Shepherd, the Newsdealer 



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don't count on Big Profits 

Large sales with 
small profits en- 
able us to give 
the greatest sat- 


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Well, am I sober now, 
or am 1 drunk? 

At least you will ad- 
mit I have not 

From calling Spades 
by name; nor ever 

Have sold my birth- 
right for a Pot of 

— Fra Elbert. 

visit the corner store. Strictly 
up-to-date in every particular. 
Shoes, I,adies' ready-to-wear Mil- 
linery, Dry Goods, and all kinds 
of Fancy Novelties. We make a 
specialty of samples at a great 

The Barry Shoe for men at $3.00, 
83.50 and $4.00. 

The Selby Shoe for women at 
$2.25, 82.50 and 88.00. 
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Confections. The place to get 

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that most excellent dentifrice, **Sozodont" 

Besides referring: to the very low 
price per page tliey write as below 





New York City. 

The Idea, I^ynchburg, Va. 

Mr. Adon A. Yoder. 
Dear Sir: 

Get some one 

to take our place for next issue, then write us in time 
for the third from now and we will be with you prob- 
ably for two successive issues again and maybe more. 

We want to congratulate you on the handsome set- 
up of our advertisement in your last issue. We believe 
that this is better than they can do it up here. It looks 
very attractive. Respectfully, 



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See extra number of The Idea 
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It's time you knew. 

Mail your subscription today. 


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(>!otteii Out at Lynchburg, Va., by Adon A. Yoder 


To Jesus — lVIary*s Son, 

Of Nazareth in Galilee; 
The Great Rebel against tradition 

The Infidel to the orthodoxy of His day, 
The Blasphemer, The Lunatic, The Criminal, 

The Man of Sorrows, — The King of the Jews, 
To The Great Teacher, 

The Prince of Peace, • 
The Son of God, 
This The Christmas Number of The Idea 

Is affectionately dedicated, 
In the month of December, Anno Domini, The 

Nineteen Hundred and Sixth. 

Tol. 1 DECEMBER, 1900 No. G 

(Totteu up by the Minority in the 

Interests of the Majority, and Edited 

and Published hy Adon A. Yoder 


Pedestrians wlio liave to use Jefterson street 
near the freiglit depots are bothered by the 
nuisance of having to wade through the mud 
around the wasfons which are ahiiost con tin- 
ually standing across the walk way in front of 
Jas. T. Williams & Son's estabhshment. A 
few days ago the young man waiting at this 
point for the wagons to move on called out to 
the driver to know how much longer they 
would have to wait for him to get out of the 
way. He replied: "Look here, mister, we 
niggers got de drop on you white folks dis 
time. Our boss is de president ob de City 

The same state of affairs exists on Orange 


street where Mv. T. A. Jennings" wagons block 
the way (and on both of these streets there is 
pavement on only one side.) Here the foun- 
dry and planing mill employees have brought 
this to the attention of the Idea, and they think 
it would hardly be allowed if ^Ir. Jennings 
were not also in the City Council. 

Now^ we hardly think that this is the reason 
for this condition of affairs*. Even if it is neith- 
er ot the gentlemen mentioned could be blam- 
ed. Nearly every business man takes advant- 
age of such an opportunity to avoid expenses. 

The authorities who permit such things are 
to blame. It ought not to be possible for an 
individual or firm to profit at the expense of 
the convenience of the public. Now let the 
proper authority get busy before we have time 
to look into it and see who is to blame and 
give such party an idea. Step lively ! 

Up on Main street it's just as bad. Bowling 
& Gilbert operate a gangway across the side- 
walk which is not only a greater nuisance than 
those abov& mentioned because it makes the 
ladies get out in the filth of the street, but is 
even dangerous to passers by. 

Now members of these firms mentioned hap- 


pan to be our personal friends and acquaint- 
ances, but do you think we are going to shut 
up The Idea on such grounds? Nuisances 
have got to go, even if The Idea is a nuisance. 
We don't happen to think it is yet, tho Mr. 
Christian and Mr. Glass and certain other 
gentlemen may. 

If the editor of The Idea should hang his 
gate in the street instead of on the inside a 
member of the police force would likely hand 
a summons to appear before the mayor and he 
would have to pay a fine for violating an ordi- 
nance. Yet for years Adams-Bros.-Pa3'nes 
Co. have had their gates hung in the street 
at their yards on Park Avenue and the police 
have been blissfully ignorant of it. You see 
the mayor has not yet instructed them to see 
this violation on the part of the big corpora- 
tion. AVliy this concern actually has large plat- 
forms built out in the street on which to stow 
their goods but the police actually don't know 
nny thing about it. You see they are ahvaj^s 
looking at the mountain scenery when they 
pass this way. But we'll soon have a paper in 
Lynchburg, where b}' to instruct the infantile 
mayor and the rotund chief. 


Below we print ii letter from a prominent 
lawyer which speaks for itself: 

Lynchburg, Va., ISTov. 20, 1906. 
The Idea Company, Citv. 

Gentlemen : — I enclose yon a subscription 
regularly filled out for §4.00 for one year's 
subscription to the new daily paper. I do not 
remember whether I have subscribed before 
or not. It was my intention to do so when the 
matter was first mentioned, but out of abund- 
ant caution I enclose you this subscription, not 
\vishino: in any event to be left out of the pro- 
cession for a subscription to the new paper. 

I wish also to state that if you do start a new 
paper, I hope to give you some legal advertise- 
ments, as the Lynchburg News has been charg- 
ing us outrageoush^ for advertisements, and the 
very fact that they charge people in Lynchburg 
more for their paper than they do people out 
of the city would make me willing to subscribe 
to anything that would breakup what I regard 
as a very oppressive monopoly. 

I hope you much success. 

Vours very truly, 


An oilnee of publicity will kill a pound of 


At the request of a prominent resident of 
White KoL'k Mill, we took an afternoon off 
hist week and inspected, in company with a 
group of taxpayers of that section, the condi- 
tions whicli exist in this much-neglected por- 
tion of town, and we must confess that the rc' 
suits were rather astounding. 

White Kock Hill comnumds a better and 
more picturesque view ot the river than any 
point in the city. Kivermont can't be compar- 
ed to it in extent of view. 

Buena Vista street (Beautiful View, most 
appropriately named), which divides the hill, 
and on which the car line runs, is destined, on 
account of its natural advantages to become 
one of the most beautiful residence streets of 
the city. It was fc^rmerly the county road 
which all teams from the Eastern part of the 
county used, and when the county owned it, it 
Was kept in good repair. I*^ow the Traction 
Cos rails have so usurped the roadway that it 


can no longer be safely used, and residents of 
the county have to take a different and more 
roundabout route to get into Main street. 

At the junction of this street with iVTain 
street, where the car line turns down Main, 
the tracks are so placed with reference to the 
road bed that it is impossible for even ver^- 
light vehicles to cross in safety, The rails 
here are 12 inches above the road on a perpen- 
dicular line. Vehicles have to drop 12 inches 
into a washout — then the tracks are so curved 
that the chances are that the wheels will get 
caught in this rut and broken, as has been 
done at this point. (A prominent doctor re- 
cently had to get out of his buggy and lead his 
horse over the track at this point.) 

An ice wagon was so broken up that now 
the ice men refuse to deliver ice in this neigh- 
borhood. A delivery wagon of Thaxton Bros, 
was so smashed up by the track here that a 
new wagon had to be sent for. 

A little lower down on Main street (Main 
street, mind you) the car tracks usurp just two 
tliirds of the road way, leaving only about 8 
feet of o:ullvwashed road between the tracks 
and a rouirh fence. On this fence a farmer was 


almo^'t killed by his teaiii being scared while 
in this rut. This fence is in the centre of the 
right of way of the street ; the other half of the 
street (Main St.) is a ravine. On the other 
. side of the street are high banks which might 
easily be used by the city to till the ravine. 

For man V -blocks in this vicinity the Trac- 
tion Co. has placed its old rails in the street 
bed, a menace to teams and a direct danger to 
the life of man or horse thfit haj^pens to pass. 
In one place we measured a distance of eight 
feet to ft rail lying in the middle of the road 
with one end a foot off the ground, nicelv 
placed to break some horse's leg — and no 
lights on the corners at night, too. 

Xow the position of these rails has several 
times been pointed out to the authorities by 
the citizens (tho the Company ought to tend 
to that, and in case of their countinual negli- 
gence like the present the police oui^^ht to be 
" mstritcted'' by the Mayor to report it). _^Giti- 
zens have reported this and yet nothing ha^ 
been done. 

The Traction Company by some liook or 
crook has certain privileges with the streets 
here that citizens can not get. I can't throw a 


tin can in the street, but tliey can endanger 
life and property by piling and leaving piled 
for months heavy rails in the very middle of 
the roadway. If the proper authorities don't 
look alter the interests of the people, the city 
is apt to have a heavy damage suit' on her 

But worst, perhaps, of all is the fact that 
over all the top ot this hill there is absolutely 
no sewerage. Taxes have been collected from 
these properties since the incorporation, and 
yet the people have gotten almost absolutely 
no returns in the way of public improvements 
in all that section. Big gullies are washed 
through private lots just because the city pro- 
vides no drainage. Where is the Board of 
Health that the spot has no sewerage, and 
about iifty new houses have gone up here in 
the last two years. 

In all our walk we found only two very 
small pieces of pavement. Now the people 
here have a ri^ht to kick. No seweras^e, no 
pavements, no roadway, no light, no ice ser- 
vice, while Rivermont, recently incorporated, 
has thousands of dollars spent in improvements 
and the money furnished by tax-payers who 


got 110 returns. 

Now if the City Council finds that they are 
too busy to look into the merits of proposed 
iroprovements, if they find that the body is too 
large and unvveildy to accomplish results in a 
satisfactory, and impartial and business-like 
manner (and such seems certainly to be the 
case), then the time has come for them to pro- 
vide us with a more business-like form of • 

President Williams, in his address has point- 
ed out the necessity of doing something. Mr. 
Pettyjohn has recently ofiered a resolution 
looking to the solution of the question by get- 
ting a '' board of control,'' to have charge of . 
city afiairs. 

By all means let the Council, composed of 
business men, give us as economical and busi 
ness-like form of government as they have in 
their own management of corporate interests. 

There is not a man on the Council who 
would consent for any of his private interests 
to be managed by an}' such crude and out of 
date plan as that by which the people's afiairs 
are run. 

We have much better management than we 


used to have, and much better than most cities 
have, but we can't have thinc^s done right if 
we turn over everything to men who get no 
pay for their service, nor thanks for what is 
well done, but do get eussed out and kicked out 
for what is badly done. 

Let all details come before salaried officers 
fitted for the work and responsible to the Coun- 
cil. Give us business — give us economy, and 
don't let one section be neglected just because 
they don't have an influential man on the 
Council to look after their interests. 

•ii ♦ * 

Haven't you noticed the increased size of 
the News lately? And the way they are taking 
up the tight started by Teie Idea ? " Scared." 
I should smile. Actually jumping all over the 
Traction Co. It begins to look like we are 
going to have two dailies here instead of none. 
And you just watch the advertising rates drop. 
'' The Rubicon is crossed.'" The tight is on to 
a finish. Or maybe Mr. Glass is looking for a 
job as reporter on The Idea — he's getting so 
radical and democratic — Hus-s-sh! Don't 
^vake the Balvy ! 



The Lynchburg New8 of Nov. 11 came out 
in an editorial in favor of extending the city 
limits, and gave as a reason for the proposed 
extension that the " Board of Trade," a husiness 
organization, had endorsed the plan, and that 
therefore the City Council could not afford to 
act contrary to the wishes of the business inter- 
ests of the business men. 

Now The Idea wants to call the attention of 
the citizens to the fact that what is to the in- 
terests of the business men is not necessarilv 
to the interest of the people. 

That sounds like the tommy-rot used by the 
Republicans as argument for the high tariffs. 
Its not Democracy. 

And yet we have Mr. Glass, the Democratic 
Eepresentative, calling on the Council to act 
in the interests of the business men — i. e., to en- 
act class legislation. 

We are not discussino^ just now the extension 
of the city limits. (Its high time we were ex- 
tending tliem, tho by no means as extremely as 
is the present plan.) We are just now decry- 
ing class legislation, of which there has been 


too much in Lynchburg in the past. Just h)ok 
at ihe absurdity of that argument again — The 
City Council ouyht to do ivhat the business men 
want them to do. What do you think of it? 

Our city crovernment is not " ot the business 
men for the business men, by the business 
men ; " nor '' ot, for or by " any other class ot 
citizens, however worthy that class of citizens 
might be (and we think our business men are 
much above the averao-e as a class, but thev 
are a class, and cannot speak for the people as 
a whole) our government is, or ought to be. 
Democratic^ not classocratic. 

Now by all means let the Council take in 
the suburbs, and let the city be as big as it is, 
but is there any reason under the sun why we 
should extend the limits to Bedford county, 
just because certain real estate men want us to, 
or certain business men would be helped by it. 
The City Council is a rather level-headed 
body, tho composed entirely of the one class 
ot business men^ and we do not think that they 
will do anythiiig just because the '' business 
men " or the " Board of Trade " wants it done. 

Yes, extend the cit}^ limits, but don't take in 
every cow pasture between here and the big 


toe of the Blue Ridsre. 


Tiilking about class, The Idea is not run 
in the interests of any class. We don't espouse 
the cause of the business men ; as such the}' 
are abundantly able to look out for themselves. 
We don't espouse the cause of the laboring 
man as such^ tho God knows it any class needs 
it, it is the laboring class. The Idea is fight- 
ing for all the people, for equality, for justice, 
" for special privilege to none," and since labor- 
ing men compose about 95 per cent of our pop- 
ulation, we are lighting his light when we light 
the light of the people. He certainly needs a 
voice in the government, but he is generally too 
busy feeding his family to even know how to 
use his voice, if he had one, in his own behalf. 
The laboring man needs a representative ; 
the moneyed man has both time and money to 
look out for himself. 

Now if we were in this business to get rich 
we'd sell what little brains w^e've got to the 
rich men, to the business men ; we'd feed 'em 
on tafty as the " News " does, and we'd have 
to double the advertising space : they'd just eat 


us up ; but we would not enjoy that ; .we are 
in this for fun, for happiness, and its the sweet- 
est thing in the world Just to scrctp for what 
you believe to be the right. Why a barrel of 
money can't buy the satisfaction that comes 
from simply doing your little part without sell- 
ing your conscience for a dollar. 

What's money good for, anyway, except as a 
means of buying happiness, and if you can get 
the happiness without scratching for the dol- 
lar, then you are rich. Vm a 31illionaire. 

Xow there is something akin to pain w^hen 
one feels that he has made enemies (tho he may 
be no enemy himself) or is misunderstood, or 
has perchance really hurt, in a way, some who 
w^ould get m the way of the line of march, hut 
it is not near as harmful as the remorse or re- 
gret ol neglecting an opportunity of bettering 
the conditions of an individual or a class or a 

We sell Ideas just because w^e enjoy it— 
that's all. 

A little more on this line- 

We like to see old Lynchburg grow. We 


can't help but feel pride in her progress in 
whatever line of commendable endeavor. We 
even like to see the big buildings go up, the 
shoe factories and the like, and yet such things 
don't need any boosting up at the hands of 
The Idea. Fact is in our commercial city we 
are getting to look on the building of factories 
as an index to the real progress of the city, 
when sometimes it is but a weak spot in the 
march of the race — i. e., the factory, instead of 
helping the progress of the race, hinders it. 

If Craddock-Terry Go's factory in West End 
or Witt's in South Lynchburg is going to in- 
crease the number of pale faces and emaciated 
forms and weak bodies and lustreless eyes and 
sad hearts in our midst, then I wish they 
w^ould not build them. 

We've stood on 12th street in the twilight of 
the earl}^ frosty mornings and looked into the 
grim laces of the factory employes as they 
hurried to the daily grind at the mills ; we've 
watched them as they trudged languidly home 
at. night, weak and worn with the increased 
tear on the nerves and the muscles, and we 
saw in many a face the hounded expression 
that came with the realization that its owner 


Wab tlo better oil' [/hysically, liioraily, iiieiitully 
nor financially, than the clav before. When 
we saw this, and wlien we face this sight often 
now (lay after day, often a tear steals down. 
You say its eifennnate. They come from the 
fountain head of all tlie manhood we possess. 

NOj we don't wan't to see any more factories 
if it means that. Perhaps their offspring will 
be our offspring* — 'who knows? 

And don't you know that there tire some 
poor fools in LynehV)urg wVio think that if a 
man calls attention to an existing evil he is a 

If it be pessimism to fight for better things 
b}^ e:3tplaini ng evil, tlien God deliver us from 
optimism. Truth is, The Idea is the most op- 
timistic paper that ever appeared in Lynch^ 
hurg. We not only see the evil, but we see 
the remedy. The rascals have got to go. We 
are going to see that we have legislation to 
meet the evils as tliey are, and put them out 
of business; the country is full of muck rakes 
and ideas to cleanse our civilization of tlie 
muck — it takes a little time. 

A friend sends the following verse ; 

Look, you simmering coals of fir«, 

It's hard to make the truth a liar, 
To feel the heat and get the bnrn. 

The next time we are sure to spurn, 
Not truth, but him who stands for wrong, 

And this shall be our morning song, 
Stand fast, you men of noble right, 

Join in and help us make the fight. 
The rope's been pulled ; the chimes peal out, 

Tre Idea is vour humble scout. 

What do yon think we saw on Ninth street 
tother day? Three calves, tongues out, eyes 
popping out with fear and pain, laying pros- 
trate in a butcher's wagon which was being 
driven unmercifully fast over the rough cobble 
stonesof lower Ninth street. We mention this 
"tbr the benetit of the Society for the Preven- 
tion of Cruelty to Animals. 

Wo got a letter the other day addressed to 
the '' Editor of the Idea, Glassville, Va.-' 



W^henyou hear a fellow say: "The Idea is 
a bad thing; that tellovv's dangerous; there's 
no telling who he'll attack next," yon had bet- 
ter watch hill]. 

You know railroad trains are dangerous, es- 
pecially to idiots — they have not got sense 
enough to get off the track — Mentally defective 
• — Ves The Idea is dangerous — to the morally 

[t'll pay you to watch the fellow who thinks 
T H E I D E A dangerous. 

It might pay you too to notice what chiss of 
people think The Idea ought to be put out of 

There's Mr.. Glass— There's Mr. Christian, 
and there are the whiskey folks. 

I3irds of a feather flock together, 

* -X- * 

Talking about Commonwealth's Attorney, 
mavbe we ouii:ht not to blame Mr. Yancev for 
keeping the job he's got after all. Here's what 
We ought to do : The salary of the office ought 
to be increased to, say, 11,500 at least, so that 
a big enough man could be justified in accept- 
ing it, 



One of our citizens was walking along Main 
street on a recent dark night while the $3,000 
hghts were out, when something got him in 
the center of his rather corpulent anatomj^ *' all 
of a sudden like/' On examination he found 
that he had come in contact with one of the 
post that the city had placed along the street 
about twelve years before to keep people from 
fallino^ into the ravine below. This was out 
about I9th street. The streets have been fill- 
ed in but the post remain to endanger the lives 
of the citizens. Moral, when you go out at 
night "in these parts '' take your lantern with 
you, for the Lynchburg Traction Co. is like 
unto the five loolish virgins whose "lights are 
gone out," 



Alyn O'Dare 

Early in tlie month of May, 
Fragrant, bright and happy day, 
Sat we on an ancient stone — 
God around ns, Him alone — 
Heaven only then was there ; 
P]arth had flitted. Free from care — 
Save my caring for her love, 
Lov^e divinfi like that above. 

And I told her — tried to tell — 
She might make my heaven a hell 
Or my earth the highest heaven, 
By her answer to me given. 

Then as silence stole awhile, 
Noted she the modest smile 
On a blushing little flower, 
Scarcely blown in half an hour. 
Lifting up its petals sweet 
Near her silken-sandaled feet, 
Stooping o'er, she plucked the bloom. 
Placed it in the spacious room 
Of a leaf my Angers turned. 
Heart's ease soon its name I'd learned; 


And tljo leaflet, seeming bold, 
Wrapped the bud within its fold. 

" You the bloom, the leaflet I?" 
Was my questioning reply. 
And her answer tho' 'twas brief, 
To the point, " My hearts-ease leat?'' 
Scarce was spobe or scarce was heard, 
When the action to the word, 
I, to play the leaflet's part. 
Gently pressed her to my heart ; 
Blushing, trusting, fragrant bloom, 
Fragile, wild geranium. 

And I pledged her all my life, 

She would be my sweetheart wife? 

I would fold her in my care, 

What might chance or when or where ; 

I would shield her from all grief, 

I would be her [leartsease leaf, 

All I begged for was her love. 

True to me she'd ever prove ; 

And her ansAver me was given. 

Which has made my earth a heaven ; 

She would be my flower sweet, 

Make my empty life complete ; 


'she would be my sweetheart wife 
Tliroiigli the changing scenes of life. 

But words are lying little things — 
Build upon them they take wings ; 
You are left to pine and grieve, 
AVords were made l)ut to deceive, 
80 when words could not express 
All the thoughts we would profess, 
Heart to heart spoke thro' the eye 
In actions that can never lie ; 
And my life began again 
On that day spent in the glen ; 
For a man's a man alone 
When a woman thinks him one ; 
And he drifts upon the sea 
Till a pilot iiudeth he. 

Well, my friend, you know the rest- 
llow I made this cozy nest 
Here among the ancient hills, 
Here beside the rippling rills, 
Here where sweetest flowers bloom 
For my sweet geranium. 
Here where Otter's aznre peak 
Rears as tlio with God to speak : 


Where the James serenely flows 
Giving life where'er it goes; 
Wliere the very woodlands ring 
AVith the songs the mockers sing. 

How four little ones have come, 
Ed and Annie, Bess and John ; 
How she's been my sweetheart wife^ 
How I've shielded her thro' life ; 
How the rugged road we've trod, 
Looking upward to our God ; 
Till the grey is in her hair, 
And my locks are wintered sere. 

Yes, mistakes we've made, 1 know, 

None is perfect here below ; 

But I know we're journeying home, 

And I do not fear the tomb. 

For God knows we've e'er been true, 

And God is love — He'll love us too. 

2 8 



'^^^ HAT anyone who is careful in spending 
4^ his money will not have occasion to be dis- 
satisfied with his actions if he looks first 
at the FURNITURE and prices at 

A. A .McCORKLE - Furniture, Stoves 

SANTA CLAUS lives over our Store 
and keeps us supplied with 

Xmas (taiibids 

And the most delicious Fruits and Creams 

Pete's Candy Kitchen %^ 


T the corner of 1 1 th and Main is 

an 'Artist's Stu6io (and there's ^ 

a difference between an artist and a mere ^ 

photographer). When you have your ^ 

picture taken you want something artistic :^ 

ERGO SEE V\ 1 ^ _ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

•fe •Jb ^» gL» fi^ ftj» Aa <*• A» A* ^(i» 

I Chrwtmas Idea 

I AS^auttfulftrtur^l 



^ Tyree^s Art Store 

m nN,.vPvr,.K.vp.PT 216 Eleventh St. 


^lll W[)iU^v^ <5oo65 (To- 

" If the hollow of your foot make a hole in de groun* 
De aint no Virginny blood in you ; 
My folks' instep rise up lak a moun\ 

And de QUALITY am shown in de shoe." 

I3l)e ^avvy SI)oe for ©UaUtl? 
TDrv i5oo65 ait6 !^otloit5 <^ Cor. llth & Main 

It's a Genuine Pleasure 

To let a BARBER — who knows how — 
do the shavinof act for voii. 

Carl Matthews 

who knows how — has just opencMl a new 
shop in the httle street by the side of the 
Lvnchburor National Bank. 

Look Out for His Sign==TwilI Pay 


A Contractor with One Arm 

flAfter all, its head work and not hand 
work that makes a good contractor. It 
gives The Idea pleasure to recommend 
the head work of Mr. Puckett. 

Phone 1 708 

321 Wordsworth 

Count that clay lost wliose low-descenclinsj 


Views from thy hand no worthy action done. 

Patronize The Idea by patronizing our 

When? For Xmas 
What? Goodies 
Why? Best 



1013 Main Street 

Strictly fresh home-made Can- 
dies and foreign and domestic 
Fruits. " " :: Best attention to 
Phone messages. 



Vol. I. January, 1907 No. 7 


Eli\G ftome terinoneUe* 
piiblltihed twelve ilmett 
a jear ut Ivltewkere, In 





^r a (op ;()• A T««r till tht prlte y^M ip 

▲ <!•■ A. Yoder, KdlUr aid PibUiher 

7%H1S is the seventh 
^^ number of "THE 

IDEA." ::: Your sub- 
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fight against existing 
evils. "". Fifty cents a 
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till the price go^-^ v^r* 

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it is positively the worst thing that ever 
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Such contrasts of opinion only denote 
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Because it treats of their sex in an honest, 
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The Muck Rake are "The Crime of the 
Clairvoyant" and "Why Girls Go Wrong." 

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^ Some new and handsome designs 5^ 
> of WALL PAPER on that faded wall }. 

t^ ui vv /-\i-ii_i X r-\i i_iiv uii iiicii laucu wan ^ 
K of yours. It would please your eye S 
A to look over some of our recent patterns ^ 

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1^ that it would pay you in selecting ^ 

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y to consider Quality in connection with Price? ^ 

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Keep your clothes neat and attrac- 
tive by having them renovated by 
experienced tadors. 

McDonald & Duffner 

(Formerly with S. H. Franklin) 

215 Eighth St., Under Arlington Hotel 

Don't Read This 

It is not an advertisement. Our work 
is our best advertisement. This is just 
to remind those who don't have Papering 
done every day that our number is 727 
Main, corner 7th. 

S. A. SMITH = Paper Hanger 

•Phone I6S 



(Gotten Out at Lynchburi^, Va., by Adon A. Yoder 




Great Lover of Liberty, 
Who dared to speak his love. 
Spokesman of the Revolution, 

Greatest: Orator of the Republic- 
Soldier, Statesman, Gentleman — 
But, mo^ of all, a Rebel, 
This, the Seventh number of The Idea, 

is affedionately dedicated. 

In the month of January, and from the 

founding of the Republic 

the One Hundred and Thirty-Fir^ year. 

Vol. I JANUARY, 1907 No. 7 

Gotten up by the Minority in the 

Interests of the Majority, andEdited 

and Published by Adoti A. Yoder 

"Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace; but there is no 
peace. The war is actually begun . Oar breth- 
ren are already in the field. 

Why stand we here idle? Is life so dear or peace 
so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains 
and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God! I know not 
what course others may take, but as for me give me 
liberty or give me death!" 

These words of Patrick Henry are extremely ap- 
plicable today in reference to municipal cleaning. 
The war is on in other cities, but Lynchburg still 
insists on selling its valuable franchises out to cor- 
rupt and greedy corporations. 

If the old style lamps are the cause of the bad 
electric lights we'd like for the Traction Company to 
tell us the cause of the weak gas light. Bad burners, 
eh? If our Council and Aldermen are weak enough to 


let the Traction Company make them take any such 
argument as that then its time we were getting new 
Aldermen and Councilmen. 

No, we've got bad gas and weak electric currents, 
and paying double price for both, and the people look 
to the city government to right this now while they 

The citizens of Washing-ton are urging the passage 
of a bill reducing the price of gas from $1.25 to 75 

Other cities are doing it. Washington will do it, 
too. But Lynchburg will continue to pay $1.25 for 
35 cent gas. 

What we must have is municipal ownership. Let 
Lynchburg operate its own lighting plants. 

But Apperson, with the help of Mr. Jack Lee, 
persuades the City Councils that they (the Traction 
Co.) can do it so much better than the Council. 


The organization of the "Peoples' Lobby" at 
Washington to counteract the work of the corporation 
lobbies maintained there to corrupt legislation is per- 
haps the most important thing that has happened 
in America since the war, and yet the "Lynchburg 
^ews" has not let its readers hear a word about it 

through its columns. 

One of the objects of the lobby is to let the 
people know what their representatives are doing at 

Judging from Mr. Glass's attitude he would at- 
tempt to kill by silence any ejffort to make his acts 

We've been wondering for a long time what Mr. 
Glass has ever done since he went to Congress. 

NOW we will be able to jfind out, both what he has 
done and what he has not done. Then this district 
will send a REPRESENTATIVE to Washington. 

If you want to find out about this greatest move 
for the people, read any recent number of Success 

Some of the folks who don't want to be watched, 
but need it, are getting mad about this lobby, but the 
Washington Herald says: 

•'They are not going to hurt anybody — anybody 
that's honest." 

Read this clipping three times and then you may 
know why THE NEWS seldom takes a stand on any 
great moral question. 

"The local newspapers and weeklies are seldom 
independent of the men who advertise. The patent 
medicine exposures have made that plain." 

Nothing — A bung-hole with no barrel around it. 



"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will sup- 
port the Constitution of the United States and the 
Constitution of the State of Virginia, ordained by the 
convention which assembled in the City of Richmond 
on the 12th day of June, nineteen hundred and one, 
and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge 
and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as 
Mayor according to the best of my ability, so help 
me God." 

Section 48 of the City Code says: 

"It shall be the duty of the Mayor to take care 
that the by-laws and ordinances of the City are 
FULLY and FAITHFULLY executed and obeyed, and 
that the duties of the various City officers and servants 
are faithfully performed." 

Another section of the Code gives the Mayor 
right to "remove from office" any officer or servant 
of the City who does not do his duty. Thus the Mayor 
4s made the RESPONSIBLE head of the City Gov- 

If the Chief of Police doesn't do his duty its up 
to the Mayor to see that he does, or get his resigna- 

According to law again, it is the duty of the 
Mayor to examine all books and papers of all City 
officers and see that they are properly kept. 


Who ever heard of the Mayor doing anything 
except preside over the 9 o'clock Court as In -Justice 
of the Peace. 

If he did that * 'impartially" THE IDEA would 
not be so quick (after 12 years) to call attention to 
his other failures to do his duty. 

Every winter water discharged from gutter pipes 
on the side-walk on Ninth Street, between Church and 
Main (and in many other prominent points), freezes, 
to the danger of life and limb of pedestrains. It is 
the duty of the Mayor to see that Section 329 of the 
Code is carried out. 


Some people love Lynchburg enough to make it 
APPEAR better than it is. 

Other people love Lynchburg enough to make it BE 
better than it is— that's THE IDEA. 

The method of the one is concealment, the method 
of the other exposr-re. 

Concealment — Darkness, Crime. 

Publicity — Light, Freedom. 

Think you that Folk hurt Missouri by exposure, or 

that New Jersey is worse off because she knows who 

the rascals and tl:ieves are, or that America is to be 

pitied becaiTse the meat packers have been brought 

into the light? 

Turn on the light, even if the gas is bad. Sit Lux. 



We have not been inclined to severely criticize 
the present Council in the past, tho our governing 
bodies have done many things which were far from " 
being ideal. We do not think that it is possible to get 
ideal legislation under such a system of lack of in- 
dividual responsibility, tho the individual members of 
our board were the most conscientious and fair-minded 

The recent action of the Aldermen, however, in 
favorably acting on the proposition to let the Lynch- 
burg Traction and Light Company have the franchise 
for lighting the city has justly aroused almost uni- 
versal indignation among the citizens on account of 
the flagrant disregard for the wishes of the people. 

The Traction Company has evidently made the 
Aldermen believe that the whole trouble with the 
light question here is on account of the old style of 
lamps used. 

And they seem to have been so hynotized by the 
officials of that heartless corporation that they never 
thought to enquire why the little incandescent lights 
give almost no satisfaction. The quality of the street 
lamps surely can't effect the amount of light given by 
the incandescent globes. 

The Traction Co. has again shown their faith in 
the gullibility of the Council by even trying to make 


such foolish claims. The trouble is not with the kind 
of lamps. We have had excellent lights from these 
same lamps. The Traction Co. is giving us inferior 
service simply and solely because they find they can 
make more money by it, and they know that they 
so have their fingers on the Council that they don't 
have to give better light. 

It has long been a matter of comment that when 
we pay for a 16-candle power light we got less than 
half that power and by the Traction Company's own 
admission we paid for more than the 16-candle power 
because the meter registers more with a weak currant 
than with a strong one. 

The company is simply not going to the trouble 
of furnishing more expensive power if they can fake 
us in the same old way they have been doing. 

And they have a right to think they can run 
affairs after getting the city to give them $3,000 for 
nothing. Now, as the Lynchburg News has recently 
very ably pointed out, (Oh, yes, they are coming, — 
"Give the devil his due", this same company can 
make money and give us electricity at about one-half 
the present price, as the Water Power Co. is doing 
in Roanoke today. 

All Lynchburg is astounded by this action of the 
Alderme'h in desiring to give a ten year franchise to 
a company that has shown its utter unworthiness to 


own any public franchise. 

The Traction Company has violated its contract 
with the city, and should be the object of the scorn 
of the Aldermen and the Council. 

They have failed to give us the lights contracted 
for. They have forced upon us worthless gas and 
electricity, and now when the Council might rebuke 
them we are about to be bound to them for another 
ten years of fleecing. 

Why, after spending so much money to look into 
the matter, does not the Council operate its own light 

It now seems more appropriate to ask why they 
don't beg Mr. Apperson to accept a franchise to fur- 
nish water to the city at about three prices. 

"We are not prepared yet to believe that our Al- 
dermen can be bought, but this recent action is cer- 
tainly calculated to excite suspicion. 


' ' He was a-weary, but he fought his fight 
And stood for simple manhood, and was joyed 
To see the august broadening of the light, 

And new earth's heaving heavenward from the void. 
He loved his fellows, and their love was sweet — 
Plant daisies at his head, at his his feet." 

— Richard Lealf, about himself just before death. 


Not long since Mr. J. A. Watson, secretary of the 
Lynchburg Trunk M'f'g. Co., was having a heavy 
motor moved from the old factory on Seventh Street. 
The wagon had to stand for four or five minutes across 
the ear track while the big motor was being moved up 
the gang-planks. This, of course, had to delay the 

street car, but could not be avoided. The car man 
reported it, in accounting for his delay, to the com- 
pany. The Traction Company had the driver up in 
the Police Court and fined. 

Lesson: You must not interfere with any plan 
of the Traction Co. for a moment, but if you are in- 
fluential enough the Mayor will let you delay or in- 
convenience the public all you want to. If you are a 
merchant, and big enough, you may run your gang- 
planks across the sidewalk as they do on Commerce 
Street, to the inconvenience of all passers but if you 
are just a small fruit dealer you can't even display a 
hazel nut on your fruit stand six inches in front of 
your place of business, because the order has gone forth 
to the police that nuts do not come under the head 
of fruits, which are permitted to be displayed on the 

We are very se;nsitive and it hurts us to have evil 
things said about us. But we know we are not ac- 
complishing much if we are not spoken evilly of. So 


when we get hurt by the things which are said we try 
to be philisophical, for we believe that there is a 
"power which makes for righteousness," and that 
some day those who speak evil now will be glad we 
did it. 

One gentleman whom we had occasion to prod in 
our last number told us that THE IDEA was nothing 
but a knocker, and that it was a sacriledge to dedicate 
the last number of THE IDEA to Jesus of Nazareth. 

We proceeded to show him that Jesus was a 
knocker not only against the administration of civil 
affairs, but even against the church and the estab- 
lished religion of his country. It is because Jesus was 
a knocker (a rebel, if you please) that we thought 
it do ably appropriate to dedicate the Xmas number to 

We believe in Jesus for this reason more than for 
any other: That He had the courage to be a knocker, 
tho he had to pay for it with his life. 

If you feel that you deserve a good kicking don't 
be congratulating yourself; it may be your time next. 
Back your leg, get right. 

Patrick Henry was a knocker, that's why the busi- 
ness men said "Treason." He contended for a better 
form of government. His speech was calculated to 
shake up things a little. 



There has been a conflict lately between the 
Police, the Board of Health and the City Inspector 
as to whose duty it is to remove an old bed-mattress 
infected with a contagious disease from its position 
on the hill-side near Ri Vermont Bridge. Section 225 
makes it the Mayor's duty to have it done at the ex- 
pense of the city. 

Article 206: "It shall be the duty of the police 
to promptly notify the Mayor of all obstructions of 
the streets." 

Another ordinance makes it unlawful to put car- 
riage blocks on the sidewalk (and the Mayor happens 
to know of the existence of this ordinance, for he has 
formerly had such obstructions removed). Now he 
permits influential citizens to have such blocks on Har- 
rison and Madison Streets. A young man, walking 
with two young ladies, had, to say the least, a rather 
EMBARRASSING fall over one of these public nuig- 
ances recently. 

A young man of this city tells us that about six 
month ago a valuable watch was stolen from him. 
He reported it to the police, together with the cir- 
cumstances surrounding it. Mr. Pendleton, the Chief, 
told him to find the man and get out a warrant, and 
he would have the party arrested. In other words the 
robbed party must do the police or detective work. 


Soon after a petty theft was committed from a 
more influential citizen. Two or three police were 
specially detailed on the case to do the detective work. 

The influential citizen gets what he asks for — 
the man without a pull is told to look out for him- 

How's that for "special privileges to none?" 

Have you noticed in this connection how special 
oflicers will be sent out of town to look up one sus- 
pected of stealing from the railroads here, and then 
how the papers commend the fine detective work of our 
police when some poor unfortunate is sent up to the 
' ' White House ' ' on weak circumstantial evidence? 

Talking about the railroads, one of our wholesale 
merchants tells us that our city has built up about 

$20,000 worth of land for the C. & O. Railway Co. in 
the last 15 years or so by damping trash for them 
on the river front, when this trash should have been 
dumped in some of the gaping ravines in our streets 
or in valuable lots — that ravine which cuts into 
Main Street out about Twentieth Street, for instance. 
We are unable to figure out just yet why the railroads 
can always get what they want. 

Other big corporation also get v/hat they want for 
the asking. 

We've been looking up Mr. Glass's record in Con- 
gress, and considerable space in the February num- 
ber will be devoted to it. 

You can't afford to miss it. Oat about the 10th. 



We want to give you a little advice — because it 
is cheap and we have nothing better to give. 

We want to tell you how to have friends, and how 
to have people say nice things about you. And you 
won't have any enemies. 

That's worth while isn't it? 

Well, here's the receipt. Read it carefully: 

Just drift with the crowd, and agree with the 

If the crowd goes where you think they ought not, 
you go with them anyhow, they m.ight get mad if you 

If they get into mischief, you get in too. 

If they take a few apples that don't belong to 
them, you eat some too. 

If it's a watermelon patch you might as well get 
the benefit of it. If you don't they won't like it. 

By all means be friends. If your Conscience hurts 
you when they want you to take just one drink, that 
don't make any difference. Dqn't break up the friend- 
ship just on account of a little conscience. 

If they want you to go next time, by all means go. 
Don't let your conscience bother you. What is con- 
science between friends. 

Then, too, think like the crowd and talk like the 


If you've been thinking certain things are wrong, 
don't say so in the crowd; somebody might not agree 
with you. Better agree with your friends for friend- 
ship sake. 

In short, don't do ansrthing unless the crowd is 
with you. If it is not popular just keep quiet — put it 

Popularity, that's it. It's so nice to have friends 
with whom you are popular. 

Life's too short to have enemies. 

Now, to give you an example of how nice it is not 
to have enemies, we are going to name some of those 
men who never had an enemy? 

Walter Oliver, Thomas McBane, Jonathan Craw- 
ford, John T. Hall, Edward Todd, William Porterfield. 

You never heard of them? Don't know what they 
did? I don't either. Trouble is they never did ANY- 
THING, just drifted with the crowd, afraid to do any- 
thing; might make enemies. That's the reason you 
never heard of them — they were cowards. 

You've heard of Patrick Henry, tho, haven't you? 
You know why? Because he did not care if he did 
have enemies. 

You've heard of Jesus, haven't you?? He did 
not care if he did have enemies. 

When a man has enemies its because he's doing 
what he thinks is right. 


If he has no enemies he may be a pretty good fel- 
low in most things, but he's a coward. Nobody is 
enemy to a bad man (except himself). 

Good folks hate evil, but don't hate (bad) people. 

Bad folks needn't have enemies. 

God deliver us from the man without an enemy. 

You are liable to miss some numbers of THE IDEA 
if you don't subscribe. • 

And it's only 50 cents a year till the price goes up. 


End man in giving advice what to do about the 
state of the markethouse on account of the filthy and 
foul coundition, suggested that a lot of THE IDEAS 
be collected and burned there so as to de(Y)oderize 
the place. 

In the "Seeing Lynchburg" car named "The 
IDEA" the guide pointed out the home of Judge 
Christian, but warned all against making any remarks 
derogatory to the looks of the house, because the 
person guilty might be fined for * * contempt of court. ' ' 

It now appears that the contempt case will come 
up before the Supreme Court about January 15th. 


(Being the prayer of an aged matron wliose youth 
vras spent mid the hallowed and uplifting surroundings 
of a quiet country neighborhood, among the pine-clad 
hills of Old Virginia.) 

O take me back to the farm, dear, 

I'm tired of the city's strife; 
O give back the healing balm, dear, 
O' the cov.ntry's lovely life. 

These houses and streets and strange faces, 

Artificial and vanity seem, • 
When I think of the love-hannted places 

That s.veetened my childhood's dreams. 

So take me back to the farm, dear. 

The city is no place to stay, 
'Tis filled with sorrow and harm, dear, 

Tho' brilliant and noisy and gay. 

Just now as I thought of my youth. 

These scenes were p11 hidden from view, 

And I was at Fatl-er's in truth, 
Enjoying the old things anew. 

For it seemed that the morning was still, dear, 
V\7^hen 'twas, burst with a medley of sound, 

As the hill f^avo back to fie hill, dear, 
The deep voiced bay of the hoimd. 

And out of the pines came the pack, dear. 

And louder grew the refrain, 
But as they turned and went back, 


It died in the forest again. 

And then my reverie was broken, 

And I woke with a sigh and a tear, 

For naught now remains as a token,— 

Save the memory, of scenes that were dear. 

And that's why mine eyes are all red, 

As I sit in my old arm chair; 
'Tis the thoughts of the things that were said, 

And the scenes that I saw over there. 

So speed me back to the farm, dear. 

Away from the hurrying strife. 
For I long for the heaing*balm, dear, 

Of the country's lovely life. 

For my home in the country I'm sighing 

To live and to lay me to rest, 
For whether for living or dying, . 

The country's God made it, is best. 

— Alyn O'Dare. 
January 24, *02. 

College Park, Va. 

If a fellow goes up the street with a spliced broom 
stick, he is arrested. He ought to be, because he vio- 
lated an ordinance. If I have the small pox I am 
sent to the pesthouse; that's the thing to do because 
I endanger life. Something in Lynchburg worse than 
small pox — goes down through first, second and third 
generations. Why not send them to a pest house? 

Don't you know there are some folks who think 
we are getting rich off THE IDEA. 

Oat of that little five cents the printer has to have 
his two-and-a-half cents and the newshoy one cent and 
the newsdealer his commission, without mentioning 
other expenses, so you see we have to sell a hig hunch 
of them even to pay expenses. 

It costs us forty-five dollars for one thousand 
IDEAS with the beautiful ink and paper we use. 
Well, we do sell a lot of them, and we manage to m.ake 
a living, that's all. But we are not kicking — except 
against the evils that be. And those little extras have 
just about been paying for themselves, that's all. 

We lost a great big dollar and forty-nine cents on 
one issue, but we don't run any ads in them to pay 
us out. 

So v/e are going to stop issuing extras, except in 
the most extreme cases. 

We write this in order that you may know, that, 
although we have to eat and drink and wear clothes, 
and although we are going to try to get all the money 
out of it we can, and still not be hampered in saying 
what we please, yet THE IDEA is not by any means 
a gold mine, and we need all the subscriptions we can 
get while the little thing is in its infancy, to meet our 
daily expenses and expand to a broader and greater 

There's a great big work to be done in Lynchburg, 
and we are going to do it or bust. 

Please don't feel that we have quit the fight simply 
because our lawyers tell us to keep cool and quiet till 
the case in court is decided. 

Lend a hand now in the beginning of the con- 
flict and we won't be embarrassed in the future. 


THE IDEA has promised Lynchburg a better state 
of affairs. The way the authorities have been getting 
busy just as we expose a wrong shows that THE IDEA 
has accomplished something (and we are not ashamed). 
But we can not get things entirely right until we get 
better men in at the helm. 

Those ofiacers who are not doing their duty must 
get out. We've already been looking around for men 
suitable for positions to be vacated when the people 
express themselves at election time. 

We have in mind two or three good men for Mayor 
and for other oflftces. In due season THE IDEA will 
propose names for the consideration of the people, and 
then when we've found the right man we are going 
to see that he's elected. THAT'S WHAT. 

Now wo certainly do wish that we did not have 
this dirty cleaning to do, but it's just got to be 
done, and nobody else seems willing to do it, so we've 
had to begin by raising the dust. It's disagreeable, 
dirty work, and it may hurt our prospects for tomor- 
row, but what do we care — tomorrow may be judg- 
ment day. 

We won't have to go to Hades if we've been at 

A friend writes: 

A doctor said to a lady who lives in Madison 
Heights: "I will see you next, as you live in Madison 
and have to go up that dark street." 

She replied: "Thank you, doctor, but it's not 
Madison Heights I'm afraid of, it's going down Ninth 
Street and across the bridge." We ask, "where are 
we at." 

The city has a splendid man on as police who 


.watches the Amherst bridge in day time. Now the 
police have jurisdiction across the bridge. I ask, has 
a policeman ever been on this bridge at night. If not, 
they ought to, and just see what goes on in plain view 
of the Courthouse on Amherst bridge across the river. 
Those in authority say that this bridge can carry 
a wagon with 2,000 pound on it, so this is the capacity 
of the bridge, and when a wagon is being drawn across 
it the old bridge rocks like a ponderous cradle, side 
ways, crossways, upways and downways. Take fair 
warning: it WILL be downways before long, and 
then the city will sure enough feel the neglect when 
some poor widow sues for $100,000 damages. 


•'THE ROAD TO HELL is paved with good reso- 
lutions," and yet your preacher would not advise you 
to refrain from good resolutions, especially at this time 
of the year. For our past whether we are bound for 
Hell or for Heaven we certainly want a good PAVE- 

We find ourselves therefore making resolutions. 
We have made this resolution: 

First — That THE IDEA is going to see to it that 
we have a better administration of city affairs. 

And to that end we are going to ask the hearty co- 
operation of every Lynchburger, who has the interest 
of his city at heart. 

Now we want to suggest to you one way in which 
you may help bring this about, namely; patronize THE 

First — By subscribing: mail your subscription to- 
day to the Editor THE IDEA, city, or call up .'phone 


660 and we'll come to see you; do it now. The price 
is only 50 cents till it goes up. 

Second — By buying from our advertisers, — they 
tell us you have already been doing that; well, keep it 
up, and say you saw their ad in THE IDEA, that will 
help us. 

We feel greatly encouraged by the prospect of 
things in our devoted city. 

When the first number of THE IDEA appeared we 
feared that about all we would accomplish would be 
to lose our job. Instead THE IDEA has been a howl- 
ing success ever since it started. 

True our net income has been slightly less than 
when we were otherwise employed, and besides this 
we've had some pretty heavy legal expenses to meet. 
This little contempt case will cost us about $150.00 and 
we are not in a fix to pay it, but some of our friends 
have said they were going to help us do that and we 
know they will, but we think you are interested enough 
in the good work of publicity of wrong that we have 
accomplished to also lend what aid you can. Now our 
lawyers, the best in the State, Messrs. Montague and 
Strode, have to be paid for their services. Their fees 
were not unreasonable, as lawyer's fees go, but they 
were lawyers fees and you know what that means. 
Now the only way we know of to get rid of this is 
to pay it. 

Now you can help us to keep up the work with- 
out embarrassment by the two ways mentioned above. 

Patronize our advertisers and then stop squeezing 
that dollar in your hand and divide it, send along your 
little 50 cent piece for THE IDEA for a year, and if 
you don't think its worth it, — well, we won't send it 
back, you are too hnrd to please. 


We said we felt encouraged — yes we do: because 
the authorities have done nearly everything we told 
them to do. But they have not done it all, in fact 
there is yet a great work to he done and we are going 
to do it, whether you put your little 50 cent collection 
in the basket or not. 

The Traction Company has got to get right. 

Gas is too high, and no good at that. 

Electricity is in the same fix, and the Council, 
after being kicked about by this fleecing concern, is 
just considering giving them a contract for another ten 
years. Just think of it. 

So the Council must be looked after. 

Then there's the contemptible mess with the whis- 
key business, but hush! We must not mention this yet 

Then the Traction Company must put fenders on 
their cars. Then there are the streets to be looked 
after and the telephone rates, the gambling dens 
and a thousand and one other things, which will be 
treated in detail as we have space. 

Then, too, each month develops something startling 
which the newspapers find to their interests to keep 
quiet. But we are not going to tell you what we have 
in store yet. We have enough red hot stuff now on 
hand to fill several IDEAS. 

After a month or so THE IDEA will appear about 
the first of each month. Look out for it. It will be 
on sale at Shepherd's, 908 Main Street. You may also 
get back numbers from Shepherd. 

As we go to press we learn that the contempt case 
will not come up in Kichmond until the March term. 



"^^^ HAT anyone who is careful in spending 
^/^his money will not have occasion to be dis- 
satisfied with his actions if he looks first 
at the FURNITURE and prices at 

1022 MAIN Street 
A. A. McCORKLE - Furniture, Stoves 

"All's well that ends well" 

Dinner will end so well if the 


are from 


817 MAirsj STREET 

HT the corner of ] 1th and Main is 
an ^Artist's Studio (and there's 
a difference between an artist and a mere 
photographer). When you have your 
picture taken you want something artistic 

ERGO SEE >^l^^ 

For Rent 

Two nice front rooms 
with bath, in new 
house near car line. In residence 
section, })ut near business section. 
^We need someone in the house 
when the good man takes a journey, 
So we ofier for only Five Dollars. 
Address A: B. C, Lynchburg, Va. 

X^iU ^l)ite3rY (Boobs Co. 

" If the hollow of your foot make a hole in de groun' 
De aint no Virginny blood in you ; 
My folks' instep rise up lak a moun', 

And de QUALITY am shown in de shoe." 

"D^e !S^arrY S^oe for Ouallt^ 

^r^ (boobs anb Motions <^ Cor. 11th & Main 

I'm Busy Half My Time 

And would like to do something in the 
way of office work for the other half. 
Am an experienced book-keeper, and 
can show best references. Would at- 
tempt most any kind of useful work at 
a reasonable figure. Address A. B. C, 
Lynchburg, Va., General Delivery, city 
You may have all my time if you will let me use part of it 


A Contractor with One Arm 

^After all, its head work and not hand 
work that makes a good contractor. It 
gives The Idea pleasure to recommend 
the head work of Mr. Puckett. 

Phone 1 708 

321 Wordsworth 

THE IDEA is still in its infancy. And yet if it 
accompliSiies half as much during its youth in pro- 
portion to its age we will be abundantly satisfied. 

THE IDEA will be published twelve times a year, 
as formerly, and will be issued soon after the first of 
each month. 

THE IDEA will fearlessly attack every public 
evil at any cost. 

Subscribe, and then you won't miss any of it. 

Your subscription will help us much, as both 
paper and printing cost money here in America. 

Address all communications to THE IDEA, Adon 
A. Yoder, Editor, 'Phone 560, Lynchburg, Va. 

^ I 

®1|^ U^rg Mm t 



Which is to say 

That after February 1 
I will be located at 

213 Ninth Street 


Where the Antiseptic 
Laundering Co. used 
to be, with an up-to- 
date BAKERY and a 
full line of Fruits and 

C. B. Roberson 


he * Idea 

Vol. I. February, 1907 No. 8 





Sll? Hi^rg 3li?a 

! ! I 

CALL-= 2=4=8— FOR 

Sanitary Plumbing and 
High Grade Enamel Ware 

T. C. Moseley 

1105 Church Street 
Agent for Roberts* Germ Proof Fitter 

Don't ^^^^ not an advertisement. 
ri A ^^"^' work is our best ad- 
lvC3.Q vertisement. This is just to 
Th is rcniind those wlio don't have 
•=^==1 Papering done every day that 
our number is 727 Main, cor. 7th. 

S. A. SMITH = Paper Hangef 




Some new and handsome designs 
of WALL PAPER on that faded wall 

of yours. It would please your eye 
to look over some of our recent patterns 

SHOLES BROS. Paper Hangers 





Do You Ever Think 

that it would pay you in selecting 

Sash, Doors, Blinds and Building Material 

to consider Qyality in connection with Price? 

If yoii do, this ad's for U 


W^m. O. Taylor, 916=920 Church Street 



<«otteii Out at Lynclibut-fir, Va., by Adon A. Yodef 



Faithful Son — -Kind Husband — Wise Father' 
Peerless Leader* Teacher^ Friend. 

Earth s only great War Captain, the motive and causes^ 
of whose achievements v/as the svveet, sad call of Duty. 

Not ambition, nor gain, nor conquest^ nor glory, not 
what the world holds dear, but love for the horne and 
the state that gave him such high ideals* duty, etc. 

Duty to principle and the hallowed associations of hi? 
mother land made of him the Great Rebel and Great 
Traitor without a peer to lead in the great cause ol^ 
Freedom espoused by the 


Vol. I FEBRUARY, 1907 No. 8 

diotten up by the Minority in the 

Interests of the Majority, andEdited 

and Published by Adoti A. Yoder 

Here's to the Patriot Traitor, 

Virginia's Rebel, Lee. 
Some have been hung and some have been crowned 

For doing less than He. 

Duty — The sublimest word in the English 
language. R. E. Lee. 

Tor our part we can not see why any American, 
certainly any Virginian, should raise a howl when any 
one refers to the Confederates as Rebels, when the 
fame of every pre-eminently great American, of whom 
the greatest have been Virginians, rests primarily on 
their achievements as rebels and traitors. 

And if there is any Virginian who would not he a 
rebel and a traitor, too, when duty calls, such a one is 
unworthy of his^ heritage. 

Bacon, Henry, Washington and Lee were all rebels, 
and Traitors as well, and it is therefor that we honor 
their memories. 

When Virginians look down on the name "Rebel" 
they become in spirit traitors to the very spirit of 
their State, whose official seal is the rebel yell, "Down 

with the Tyrant. ' ' And this right to bo rebels against 
the government is specifically reserved by the people 
in their constitution, nay, in the very Declaration of 
Independence itself. 

We quote: 

"Whenever any form of government becomes 
destructive of these ends (the right of all to life, lib- 
erty and the pursuit of happiness) it is the right of the 
people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new 
government, laying its foundations on such principles, 
and organizing its powers in such form as to them 
shall seem most likely to effect their safety and hap- 
piness." — Declaration of Independence. 

Gorky, a writer of much power, and an unselfish 
and honest man, came to this country a political exile 
from his native land. His errand here was one of 
mercy — he was pleading the cause of freedom. 

Suddenly a New York newspaper with lurid head- 
lines fired a broadside to the effect- that the woman 
traveling with Mr. Gorky was not his wife. And lo! 
from Maine to Oregon and from the Gulf of Mexico 
to Lake Superior the newspapers took up the cry. 
Gorky's work in America was paralyzed; the people he 
hoped to meet here he coald not see; he was driven 
from his hotel, and this in New York City where the 
words "hotel "and "assignation house" are synony- 
mous, and private charity only served to protect him 
from the storm. Later it turned out that the woman 
traveling with Mr. Gorky was his wife and was so 
recognized by the State and Society in Russia. — 



The Advance of January 9th, in its account of the 
criminal assault case in Amherst County, on the pre- 
vious Monday, printed things that for dirtiness and 
indec^iey of detail have seldom been seen in print 
even in the vilest of yellow journals. 

THE IDEA was immediately besieged with the 
request from the best people of the city to express their 
utter disapproval of and indignation at the publication 
of such borrowing crimes in such repulsive details. 

The people of the city dislike to think that a 
paper, which is supposed to be in some respects at 
least, an index of the moral attitude of the people 
would circulate such an edition for the mere reason 
that a few dollars would be made by sales of the 
dirty sheet to the baser element. 

On the day in question, a business man came home 
from work and called for his paper; his wife told him 
she had burnt it up to keep the children from read- 
ing it.. 

It is safe to. say that the publication by The Ad- 
vance of those horrible details, tho not prompted by 
quite as base a motive, was as great a crime as the 
act depicted. 

Lynchburg is a high-class town, and wants high- 
class journalism. 

Since writing the above we learn that both the Cana- 
dian and U. S. Government are attempting to bar from 
the mails accounts of the Thaw trial, which are not near 
so outlandish as this. 



See all the new houses on White Rock HHill? 
We did it. 

See the immense addition to the suburbs in River- 

We did it. 

See the wonderful extension of the city in West 

We did it. 

Why any fool can see that when the Traction 
Company grows Lynchburg grows too. Fact is we 
expect we are the cause of all the wonderful material 
development of Lynchburg, tho other parts of the 
country have been prosperous as well.) 

Read our gas talk tomorrow. It is our aim to 
give you all the gas you need. THE LYNCHBURG 

R, D. APE-RSON, Prest. 


'•Not a day passes but affords a fresh illustration 
of the truth that the man who "dares," promptly 
and resolutely, is the man of success. In high station 
he is "the man of destiny;" when less in public gaze 
he is "the self-made man." The difference is simply 
in environment; the truth remains the same. 

"Business today demands a greater degree of 
acumen and decision than ever before — ability to rec- 


ognize opportunities as presented and to welcome them 
with a firm grasp. 

"Possibly none cf the long list of business neces- 
sities requires more real nerve than to undertake a 
systematic campaign of publicity, yet none of the aids 
in the extension of business are as potent and positive 
in results. It is the man who has kept high ideals and 
standards of success constantly in mind while main- 
taining his advertising that we find in the "A" class 
of accomplishment. 

"Every legitimate enterprise is the better for 
being properly advertised. If you have not yet con- 
sidered the subject from this point of view we should 
be glad of the privilege to talk the matter over with 
you, touching upon the needs of your individual busi- 

Address THE IDEA, City, or call 560. 

The Traction Company has been giving Lynch- 
burgers a lot of mush through the columns of The 
News. They have been ransacking the history of the 
whole world to find instances where cities have lost 
money trying to ran their o^^m lighting or traction 
plants. But let no Ljmchburger be deceived. It would 
be just as easy to discover hundreds and thousands of 
instances of the failure of such enterprises under pri- 
vate ownership. 

Because certain cities have failed in municipal 
ownership is no argument under the sun why Lynch- 
burg should let a greedy corporation fleece us as they 
have been doing. 

Besides Lynchburg is a growing, live, prosperous 
town and is not going to let anything of the kind 


fail. Lynchburg don't do things that way. 

Lynchburg is not a town run by grafters and 
boss ward political methods. The members of our 
Councils are almost without an exception the best men 
in the community. There's not a scintilla of possi- 
bility of failure if Lynchburg decides to operate its 
own light plant. 

Of course, we won't make as much money on the 
investment as a private corporation w^ould. The city 
would not run the plant as close-fistedly, nor be as 
hard on its employees — this means as experience has 
demonstrated, that expenses would be more, but the 
people would get the benefit of it. If the city owned 
the car lines and lighting facilities the cars would be 
cleaner and better, tracks would be better, schedules 
would be better, fenders would be in place for the pro- 
tection of citizens, more cars would be in service, 
and gas and electricity would give enough light. 

No! No city can run a public utility economically 
as a private corporation can, and yet there is hardly 
a city under the sun that could fall so low in graft 
and boodle as not to have better service at less cost 
that the Lynchburg Traction and Light Company is 
giving us. 

Let the Council shake off these shackles while it 

We call your attention to a provision of the fran- 
chiBe granted the Richmond Passenger and Power 
Company, by the City of Richmond. If Lynchburg had 
such a provision in its franchise the Lynchburg Trac- 
tion and Light Company could not have discontinued 
its service on Floyd Street as it did in utter disregard 
to the comfort, and even finances, of the residents of 


that section; and yet the Traction Company, in its 
daily "Distraction Talks" tells us that "what is to 
the interest of the people of Lynchburg is also to our 
interest." What they might have said, with some 
degree of truth, is this: "What helps Ljmchhurg of 
course helps us. If the city grows, we reap a reward, 
and have that many more people to fleece." But for 
goodness sake don't let them try to make you believe 
that everything they do is with an eye also towards 
helping the people. "ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER 
THAN WORDS. ' ' Their actions in the past have been 
in utter disregard of the wishes of the people, and 
everybody knows it, both in the matter of car service, 
gas, and electricity. 

Below we give the paragraph referred to from the' 
City Code of Richmond: 

"That the said company will operate ALL OF ITS 
VARIOUS LINES of street railway in said city DUR- 
FRANCHISE IS GRANTED, in such manner as to 
render to the public at all times efficient service. ' ' 

There is a certain street comer in the city on 
which a boisterous crowd of loafing young men and 
boys collect almost every night. These young fellows 
do and say things in the crowd which they would not 
do or say individually. They make disagxeeable re- 
marks to be heard by girls that pass that way, and 
many girls pass that corner both because its on a 
much used highway and because there are stores on the 
corner. Besides this, they crowd the walk and keep up 
their unholy convocation til after the bed-time of the 
good people who reside near by and who are kept up at 


night by the hilarious gang. 

Now residents in the neighborhood have complain- 
ed in vain to the police, for the disorder still keeps up 

Our police are too busy looking after the criminals 
made by the licensed barrooms down on Main Street 
to look after their uncared for and untrained off- 
spring, who operate as a nuisance out in the resi- 
dence sections. 

The police, too, of course, like to be popular with 
the young fellows; of course they do, and yet they 
would gladly do what the law makes it their duty 
to do if when they attempted to break up such nuis- 
ances they were commended by the Mayor and the 

This is the reason that many police have given in 
the past for not enforcing the law. 

They have to be so careful for fear of offending 
some fellow who has a pull with those in authority. 
And they have to look after their jobs. 

We just started out to make the remark that if 
the town had a Mayor, some things which now exist 
would not exist. 

Therefore let's elect a Mayor — next time. 


A gentleman who lives out in Campbell County 
says that the farmers in his neighborhood, all of whom 
have to contend with the corner of Twelfth and Main 
Streets, the appropriateness of which as a place for 
four barrooms. THE IDEA called in question, call this 
disreputable corner "The Four Corners of Hell." 


This is the first sight that greets the eye of the young 
farmer boy on his trip to Lynchburg, and this is too 
often the spot where he takes his first drink — THE 
FOUR CORNERS OF HELL. Thus does Lynchburg 
greet the stranger that comes to her gates. 

O God! how long will it last that so many country 
boys, the flower of Virginia's manhood, will be sent to 
Hell by way of Lynchburg. 

The residents of the eastern end of the city, (that 
district built up as a result of the kindly and bene- 
ficient foresight of the Lynchburg Traction and Light 
Company?) are having great trouble with the street 
car service. They get on a car in the morning to go 
to work; the car takes them perhaps a few blocks fur- 
ther away from their business than they were to start 
with and then encounters a car off the track. The con- 
ductor issues transfers and tells the passengers to walk 
through the mud (for there are no pavements out in 
this part of the country, we mean city) around the 
derailed car, and they will soon find a car to carry 
them on their journey. 

Passengers who have been thus delayed before ask 
for the return of their fares, for they know they may 
have to wait twenty or thirty minutes. This request 
is denied them. One passenger recently, thus treated, 
walked all the way to Main and Ninth, nearly a mile, 
without encountering the promised car. 

Ride or no ride, the Traction Company keeps the 
money. That's perhaps because, as they say, our IN- 

Get back numbers of THE IDEA at Shepherd's. 



Since THE IDEA pointed out to the people of 
Lynchburg that Mr. Glass' papers seemed by their sup-~ 
pression of the news to be in cahoots with the Traction 
Co., the Lynchburg News has come out and done some 
valiant fighting against the Traction Co. 

Not long since they listed the amounts given by the 
Traction Co. to the Corporation Commission and showed 
how the Traction Co. was fleecing the citizens by making 
large profits on watered stock which did not represent 
real money investment. 

That would have been all right if there were not 
another side to the question. Below we give the other 
side which shows how Mr. Glass himself is — well, the 
figures speak for themselves. 

We take these figures from the Commissioner's books 
for 1906: 

^ .. . ...«..„ 'Aggregate amount of income 

Capital or Joint Stock Companies ;,„ excess of S600, received 
NAME not ott»erwisc taxed lor due wittiin ttie year next 

I preceding Feb. 1st. 

Carter Glass $6,500.00 $3,500.00 

Now everybody knows that Mr. Glass' income from 
Congress alone is $5,000 a year, and a newspaper man 
of vast experience tells us that Mr. Glass must make at 
least $5,000 a year out of his little paper with the cinch 


on advertisers he has in this town. Then, besides, he 
owns a large amount of bank stock and other valuable 
securities, and is considered a wealthy man in other ways, 
and yet he gives as his income over $600 the mere sum 
of $3,500. 

Now about the capital tax which is intended to repre- 
sent the capital invested in the Lynchburg News and 
Advance. He puts this at $6,500. 

Now, we have been studying the cost of getting out a 
daily here, and find it would cost us at least $30,000 to 
put up a paper the size of Mr. Glass', and $50,000 to 
put up a real, decent, first-class paper. 

Mr. Glass himself has three linotype machmes and a 
fourth on the road, and they cost each about $3,000. 
Besides this his big press cost him just a little while ago 
about $5,000 or $6,000, so that he has about $1 5,000 
invested in four pieces of machinery alone. 

Then take into consideration the vast amount of office 
and composing room equipment and you can easily see 
how Mr. Glass could not run the News without some- 
thing like $30,000 capital. 

Yet he tells the Commissioner of Revenue only $6,500. 

Yet Mr. Glass will run for Governor. 

How has Virginia fallen ! 

"It is the man who has done nothing, who is sure 
nothing can he done." — Rams Horn. 



The other day The Lynchburg Traction and Light 
Company ran over and killed Mr. Peters on Fifth 
Street, adding another death to the long list that must 
be charged up to their criminal negligence in not put- 
ting fenders on the cars. The car was not running 
fast. The motorman seems not to have been in any 
way to blame. The Traction Company knew that by 
providing the cars with fenders just such deaths could 
be avoided, but because of their inordinate greed, be- 
cause it would cost them a few dollars, because it 
would perhaps reduce their dividends a small fraction 
of a per cent on some of their watered stock, — just 
for a matter of money, — they kill and maim our cit- 
izens. And the "News" STILL keeps quiet on the 

THE IDEA has twice before called attention to 
this matter. Now we are in possession of the city 
laws of Richmond, which bear on the subject of fen- 

We are indebted to the president of the City 
Council of Richmond for the quotations below. 

There is not a city of any importance, that we 
know of, with the possible exception of the metro- 
polis (?) of Radford, that does not require fhat cars be 
provided with the modem fenders. 

And yet here in Lynchburg, when the question 
came up several years ago, Mr. Apperson persuaded 
the council that on account of a little inconvenience 
to the company it would not be EXPEDIENT to put 
fenders on the cars. 

It costs a little money and the Traction Company 


does not care for a few lives sacrificed each year, if 
they save in a financial way. 

The editor of THE IDEA has brought the matter 
to the attention of the chairman of the Council Com- 
mitte on Public Safety, who is in favor of the move- 
ment, and the Council will shortly have the matter 
brought- to their official at tention. 

Surely'-Lynchburg will not be behind the times on 
such an' important life and death question much longer. 

We quote from section 23 -of the'^RicRmond ordi- 

"Upon complaint made at any time. to said com- 
pany by the Committee on Streets that such" f air'^er- 
vice is not being rendered, or that its car or cars and 
tracks are not in proper repair, or its cars in n€St con- 
dition, the said company shall, within' ten days after 
receipt of such notice, rectify and remove the ground or 
grounds of said complaint, and fully satisfy the said 
committee that thereafter fair and satisfactory ser- 
vice will be so rendered, and that its car or cars and 
tracks will be kept in proper repair, and its cars in 
neat condition. AND SHALL EQUIP SAID CARS 
PLIANCE, and shall be approved by the committee on 
Streets. Should the said company fail, within the said 
ten days, to rectify and remove said grounds of com- 
plaint, to the satisfaction of the said committee, it 
shall be liable for such failure to a fine of not less 
than ten nor more than one hundred dollars; each day's 
failure to be a separate offense." 

Also part of the franchise: 

"That the said company will operate all of its 
various lines of street railway in said city, during the 
entire period for which this franchise is granted, in 


such manner as to render to the public at all times 
eflacient service; that its motive power shall at all 
times he ample; that such cars as, in the opinion of 
the Committee on Streets, can be used, shall be put in 
proper condition, and all other care hereafter added 
to its equipment shall be of the best and most ap- 
proved pattern, and at all times kept clean, well ven- 
tilated, provided with comfortable seats for the pas- 
sengers, and heated with safe and convenient compli- 
ances whenever the weather is such that the comfort 
of the passengers require the same, and lighted at night 
with electricity, or, subject to the approval of the Com- 
mittee on Streets, with other equally efficient light; 
that all such cars shall be kept in good repair; that 
each of such cars shall be provided with approved 

On the . corner of Eleventh and Madison Streets 
is a lot on which the city has been dumping rubbish, 
trash and all manner of unsightly refuse for several 
years until the tin-can spires and mounds have reared 
themselves about fifteen feet above the established 
grade of the street and neighboring lots. 

Now this lot is not only an eyesore to those who 
have to pass that way continually, but is such a hideous 
spectacle for visitors coming to the city, many of 
whom use this public thoroughfare. 

And then, worst of all, it is a menace to the people 
in the vicinity in a financial way, as bordering property 
can not command a good price as long as that nuisance 
exists, nor will people be as ready to rent the house 
which is now being built on an adjoining lot. 

Let the Mayor "abate the nuisance" as the ■ordi- 
nance makes it his duty to do. 



(Adapted from an ode by Thomas Campbell.) 
The spirit of Brittania 

Invokes, across the main, - 
Her daughter state Virginia 

To burst the Tyrant's chain: 
By oar kindred blood, she cries, 
Rise, Virginia, now arise. 

And hallowed thrice the land 
Of our kindred hearts shall be, 

When your land shall be the land 
Of the free— of the free! 
The Press's magic letters, 
The blessings of the earth. 
Behold! it lies in fetters 
On the soil of Preedom's birth. 
But the trumpet must be heard. 
And the charger must be sparred; 
For you Father George's spirit 
Calls down from Heaven, that ye 
Shall gird you for the fight, 
And be free, — and be free! 

We have been holding the above for use in case 
the Supreme Court decided against us, but being con- 
vinced that such will not be the case we insert it here 
for want of a more opportune occasion. 

Talking about that sentence reminds us of the 
statement that a councilman made at the last regular 
meeting, namely: that there are sixty prisoners in the 
city Tail in four small cells, averaging twenty men to 
a space 9x15 feet, if our memory serves us correctly. 


Just think of it! Twenty men huddled together in 
a vile prison hole, right here under our noses, in the 
Twentieth Century, too. 

If those prisoners knew their rights they need not 
take that kind of medicine.. But the State Constitu- 
tion and the National Constitution provide against 
a prisoner being treated in such a manner. Even if 
we were guilty of a crime we would not submit to 
that, but would call on our Uncle Samuel, who speaks 
in the Vlllth amendment in the following language: 

"Excessive bail shall not be required j^ov exces- 
sive fines imposed, nor CRUEL and unusual punish- 
ment inflicted." 

The city ought to send these prisoners elsewhere, 
if it can not treat them humanely. 

It's just a case of greed, it seems to us. As it is 
they can be worked on the chain gang in the day 
time; this makes a good financial showing for the 
police department. 

This would make a fine subject for an investiga- 
tion on the part of the Society for Prevention of Cru- 
elty to Animals. Certain it is we would not treat our 
dogs or horses this way. Civilization! What does it 

I know you well and know you have become the 
victims of false education and consequently have low 
ideals. Sometimes I stand in amazement at the stu- 
pidity that you constantly exhibit concerning matters 
of the most vital interest to your welfare individually 
and collectively. For instance, you have what you 
call a republican form of government. If I ask what 
sort of a government a republican form of government 


is, ninety per cent of you men could give no ansyer at 
all. The others might say: "It means the rule of 
the majority."! ask what class in society is the ma- 
jority, the rich class of the poor class? They answer, 
' ' the poor class. ' ' I ask if the poor class or the 
rich class manages the political affairs of the country. 
They answer, "the rich class." I ask them if that is 
the case w^hy do they call it a republican form of gov- 
ernment. They take refuge in silence. — W. Costley, 
in "The Plan of Laughing Land." 

Our friends can not understand why we make 
this voyage. They shudder and moan and raise their 
hands. No amount of explanation can make them 
comprehend that we are moving along the line of 
last resistance; that it is easier for us to go down to 
the sea in a small ship than to remain on dry land, 
just as it is easier for them to remain on dry land 
than to go down to the sea in a small ship. This state 
of mind comes of an undue prominence of the ego. 
They can not get away from themselves. They can 
not come out of themselves long enough to see that 
their line of least resistance is not necessarily everybody 
else's line of least resistance. They make of their own 
bundle of desires, likes, and dislikes a yardstick where- 
with to measure the desires, likes and dislikes of all 
creatures. This is unfair. I tell them so; but they 
can not get away from their own miserable egos long 
enough to hear me. They think I am crazy. In re- 
turn, I am sympathetic. It is a state of mind familiar 
to me. We are all prone to think there is something 
wrong with the mental processes of the man who 
disagrees with us. — Jack London. 



Fair Lizett«! most fair Lizettef 
How I love you, love you yet! 
Though another you have wed, — 
One by kinder fortune led, — 
I can ne'er your smiles forget, 

my sweetheart! My Lizette! 

Fair Lizette! most fair Lizette! 
Well I remember when we met; 
How I faltered, so amazed. 
As in thine eyes I fondly gazed, 
And long I looked and longed to get 
Thy more assuring glance, Lizette! 

Fair Lizette! most fair Lizette! 
Thou with eyes as black as jet. 
With eyes so sparkling and so glad, 
Though, when troubled, mellow sad, 
Sympathetic, diamond set; 

1 must love you, my Lizette! 

Fair Lizette! most fair Lizette! 
Oft for thee mine eyes are wet 
Thy black hair, dark as thine eyes, 
Thy lovely face like morning skies, 
They have bound me in love's net, 
O my sweetheart! my Lizette! 

Fair Lizette! most fair Lizette! 

Yes, I love you, love you yet. 

Thy clear strong voice, so tender clear, 

In mem'ry sweet my soul shall cheer. 

Till life shall all its grief forget, 

And death shall claim me, fair Lizette! 



A certain captain of industry, who had been busted 
by the trusts, thought he would try his hand at farm- 
ing. Unlike most farmers, he found at the end of thd 
first season that he had five hundred dollars in money 
and a barn full Of hay and grain* After discharging 
his men he called his mules together and informed 
them that the rush season was over and theiir serviced 
would no longer be required. Said he: "My barn is 
full of feed, which at the present market prices ought 
to net me another five hundred dollars. I fed you well 
While you worked, and next summer, if you are around 
this way about harvest time, I shall be glad to give 
you another job." He accordingly dismissed the 
inules and lived on the fat of the land until the next 
5L:mmer. feut the mules did not make application for 
another job. They had all starved to death. 

The "captain'* forgot he was not dealing with 

Moral: This fable does need One. Clipped. 

The outcome Of the battle is of no importance — but 
how did yoa fight? — Hubbard. 

A strong man represents the triumph of mind 
Over matter. A politician represents the triumph of 
mind Over morals — Fra ElbertuS. 

Let not the night on thy resentment fall; 
Strike when the wrong is fresh Or not at all. 
The lion ceases if his fierce leap fails; 
*Tis only dogs that nose a cooling trail. 

— Ambrose Bierce. 


Jus let this thought sorter sink into your soul: the 
mummy aint had no fun for more'n five thousand 
years. — Bill Barlow. 


A Worm in search of modern culture 
Removed his hat and asked a Vulture, 
"Excuse me, sir, I'm rather green — 
But -what's the difference "between 
The pfocess called financial dealing 
And plain, old-fashioned, honest stealing?" 

.The Vulture merely shook his head, 
"Please crawl away, I'm tired," he said. 

"But, sir," the little pest persisted, 
"I know my views are rather twisted; 
But why, when you're considered great. 
Should I be merely used for bait? 
Why should I be the butt of nature 
When you control a legislature?" 

The Vulture ruffled up a wing, 
"Squirm on," he said, "you tender thing!" 
"Oblige me, please," the poor Worm guggled, 
"With rebate cases oft I've struggled — 

pray elucidate to me 

The way the rebate case be" — 
Here came a pause — and very neatly 
The Vulture ate the Worm completely, 
Remarking, "Whence this useless debate? 

1 am a Trust, and you' a Re-bate." 

— Success Magazine. 


Our forefathers fought against the enemies with- 
out to give us this nation. We must contend against 
the enemies within to keep it. They fought as soldiers 
of war to bring the nation into being; we must fight as 
soldiers of peace to preserve it. 

It is one thing to he against wrong; it is quite 
another thing to fight wrong. A non-combatant — a 
soldier in the fight. 

Plenty of men can be honest passively, but what 
we need is men who can be honest in action. 

The people of any locality can overthrow civic evils 
whenever they wish and can secure a government just 
as good as they want to make it or as bad as they 
permit it to become. — Folk, of Missouri, in the Youth's 

Theology and Ethics have no more to do with 
each other than have Law and Justice. — Hubbard. 


We notice Mr. Glass has nominated himself for 
Governor of Virginia. Do we hear a second to the 

But seriously, tho, the second will come after a 
while. Wait till the ring gets ready. 

The ring is under slight obligations to Mr. Glass 
for * ' services rendered ' ' in the last election when Mr. 
Glass, who had been an ardent supporter of Mr. Mon- 
tague, "flopped over" and supported the cause of Sen- 
ator Martin, the recognized tool of the "trusts" and 
"interests," the friend of Mr. Ryan, whose money has 
had such a corrupting influence in Virginia politics. 
(You notice how Mr. Glass's papers are filled with the 


good deeds of Mr. Ryan and extoll his virtues.) 

Then our little 1x2 governor will doubtless come 
to Mr. Glass's help, for the ring put him in office. 

Yes, Old Virginia has fallen. A prominent Lynch- 
burger recently said that he had no doiibt that politics 
in Virginia were as crooked as they were found In 
Missouri, when Folk shocked the country with the 
boodle and bribery he unearthed. But Virginia has 
no lolk to take off the lid. The same old crooked 
party machinery has managed things here so long that 
no decent man like Joe Folk can now get in the 
Governor's chair in Virginia. 

When a clean man runs for Governor the machine 
sees to it that a machine man, who will do the bidding 
of those who put up the money, gets the election. And 
so we wait for a Folk to slip in accidentally. 

In Virginia Senators are supposed to be nominated 
by the people. In fact, they are chosen by Wall 
Street, just because it pays Wall Street so well to do 
that kind of a thing. Now here are some of those who 
compose the ring or are in the ring, or are run by the 
ring: Martin,. Daniel, Swanson, Ellyson, Ryan, and 
other small fry, including Mr. Glass. 

We are informed that Mr. Glass voted for the 
bill to increase his salary and then voted against a 
call for the ayes and nays, did not want it to go on 
record, ashamed to let the people know how he voted. 
If we are misinformed Mr. Glass will set us right. 

In our last number we said we would devote "con- 
siderable space" in this issue to the record of Mr. 
Glass in Congress. On the next page you will find the 
result of our search. 







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And de QUALITY am shown in de shoe." 

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name for de Traction and Light Company? 

Second Porter — No, what is it? 

First Porter — Hit's De Ljmchburg Distraction and 
Perlight Company. 

Second Porter — ^He-yah — yah-yah, but say nigger, 
I doan zactly understand what you signifies "by dat 
"Perlite."Yoii sho doan mean dat dem folks is perlite. 

First Porter — Law Chile, no! Dat's a new kind o' 
perlite. Dat "Perlite" means "PER-haps day gwine 
ter light, and PER-haps dey aint. ' ' 

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Vol. 1 

MARCH, 1907 

No. !> 

(lOtton lip by the Minority in the 

Interests of the Majority, and Edited 

and riiblished by Adon A. Voder 

at Lynclibiirg-, Vira^iiiia 


Our space is so liiuitod, luui we have so many 
tliiiiii's that (k'lnaiid exposing, tliat we hardly 
mention one thing before having to pass to 
another and then another subject, and are thus 
kept from fo]h)\ving up any particuUir idea. 

In an early issue of The Idea we referred to 
the need of a change in form of city govern- 
ments in America. 

As an example of tlie bad effects of'the pres- 
ent order of things (namely: the ward attd 
covncil system of government by a large and un- 
weildv and lai'irdv irresponsible bodv) we 

would call attention to the office of city engineer. 

Harry 8haner has for manj^ reasons loi\sj 
been held in highest personal esteem by the 
editor, both because of intimate school acquaint- 
ance and admiration for his many worthy char- 
acteristics, and so what we shall have to say is 
in no way directed towards his disparagement. 

Mr. Shaner, a mere boy, fresh from college, 
was suddenlj' given perhaps the most important 
position in the gift of the Council. Such a 
position should be filled by an engineer of vast 
and successful experience, for to his judgment 
largely is left the expenditure of many thous- 
ands of dollars. 

Mr. Shaner, tho theoretically well-iitted for 
the work by his college course, had practically 
not only no experience in engineering, but 
none in any line calling for such ability as such 
a work demands. lie was green and untried, 
and yet the City Council (of whom his father 
Avas one) elected such a one to do the engineer- 
ing of onorinons works for one of the most 

(litHcultly-enginccred cities in tlieUnited States. 

We fear no contradiction ^vllen we say that 
there is not a private corporation in Christen- 
dom which would have entrusted such important 
work to so inexperienced a man, especially 
when it is not a hard thing to find men admira- 
bly fitted for it. When a private concern has 
a house to build it does not give the contract 
to a man who lias never built a house. An 
experienced contractor is obtained, and this 
principle applies in all the acts of successful 
busitiess enterprises. 

Not so with city governments. 

Now we are not blaming Mr. Shaner, nor are 
we blaming the Council over-much, for had we 
been Mr. Shaner we would have been glad to 
get the position, and had we been in the Coun- 
cil, our time occupied with our own business, 
we would perhaps have done as was done then. 
But we write this to call attention to the iact 
that our present form of city government is a 

Go out on Kivermont Avenue. See what a 
state the street is in, and you will agree that 
Mr. Shaner is simply unequal to the task. 

A vast amount of money has been spent in 
establishing a grade and improving (?) the 
avenue. That the established grade is a wise 
one hardly any one would admit. 

As here so in many other places Mr. Shaner 
did his best, but he had never done such things 
before, and the people ot that section say he 
has made a botch. 

Why don't our City Council, now when they 
can, turn the management over to three or four 
salaried officers, to be elected by and responsi- 
ble to the people. 

Other cities are doing this with marked suc- 
cess. Why should Lynchburg, otherwise so 
progressive, be so far behind in this matter 

Some of you missed the best thing in the last 
Idea by not looking on the last page of reading 



Below we print an article handed us by a 
prominent citizen who happened to read a little 
editorial in The News of last Sunday opposing 
tlie plan of the Southern Eailway to build a 
depot on College Hill : 

"Did it ever occur to anv one else how much 
of the oneness existed in the city of Lynchburg 
among a special few? One depot, one hotel, 
one paper and one self — selfisltness. 

What does it say? *Don't do it. You will 
disturb my dollar invested near the old depot.' 
*Don't do it; you will break up my monopoly 
in the hotel business, for if the passenger depot 
is built out on College Hill, why, there is bound 
to be a large hotel located there also. ])on't 
do it, that will disturb my dollar invested in 
the hotel business.' 'Don't do it; it will expand 
the city to far beyond the present limits, and 
we will have to take in Campbell County for 
building purposes.' 'Don't do it; it will he a 
death knell to Rivermont, where we have in- 


vested largely. To grow up the "West End 
means the loss of our dollar invested in Kiver- 
mont.' 'Don't do it; it is wrong to expand the 
city systematically. We want a part of Camp- 
bell annexed to Lynchburg for what is in it, 
but no formidable expansion. No, no! that 
will not do! Don't do it! is my last dying 
words. It will be the ruination of the city.' 

*'Ah, hah ! we the people of Lynchburg turn 
deaf ears to a three million dollar investment* 
Shall we say to the Southern Kailway, 'No, sir, 
you can't expend five hundred thousand dollars 
here in our city for a passenger station; it will 
ruin U3. You can't move the yards from down 
on the river when the talk has been for ten 
years congestion, congestion, congestion. No, 
sir, you can't move your shops here; it won't 
do. It disturbs my dollar invested down town. 
You must spend a million or more to build 
this line around the city, but you must switch 
back all around town to deliver one passenger 
back at the old stand to walk up through Buz- 
zard's Koost and Bridge street that has been 
heralded abroad through your paper as being 
the most unsightly and dangerous streets in our 
city to pass over at night.' " 


It docs look picayuiie-isli for The News to 
take such a stand against progress. 

If the City Council refuses to grant the 
Southern Railway the right to huild a depot on 
Pierce street it would be nothing but fair for 
them. to build a depot at Durmid and make 
Lynchburgers come out there^to take a train. 
Then, too, why should we demand that all the 
railroads rent from the N. & W. and meet at 
one point ? Richmond has four separate depots, 
and so have all large cities. A few pet interests 
should not be allowed to prevent the vast im- 
provements that a great corporation would 
make in our city, and that, too, when the city 
will be inestimably benefitted thereby. 

Will the Council be short-sighted and nar- 
row-minded? We hope not. 

Our little mayor has held ofiice some twelve 
years or more, and yet a lawyer had to threaten 
him with a mandamus last Saturday to compel 


Ijiiri (o grant an a|>|>('al, the nniTor lnaintaillillC^ 
contrary to law, that lie could refuse an appeal 
in a criminal case where the fine was only five 
dollars. Another lawyer in the court-room 
came to the assistance ofthe mayor and showed 
him how ludicrous he was makin*^ himself, and 
the major finally yielded, after putting himself 
on record as saying that he would grant it be- 
cause Ihc offense icas committed hi the court t)/, tho 
he KO}ilA not do it if the ofiense had hcen in the 
city limits. 

To an outsider the whole affair looks like a 
piece of partiality, on the part of the mayor, to 
the Lynclil>urg Tractioji and Light Co. 


The following clippings are from a medical 
journal : 

*' Vaccination caused tuberculosis, erysipelas, 
cancer, syphilis and other diseases in England 
to Buch an appalling extent that it was abol- 


isbed, except as people arc foollsli enougli to 
choose it," 

"People who have smallpox and take reasoM- 
ahle care of themselves are rarely })itted, and 
are always healthy thereafter unless they ahnse 
themselves. Vaccinated people are rarely 
healthy afterwards and those who are become 
victims of second doses." 

"Dr. AVm. E. Qnine of Chicago says he has 
heen vaccinated sixteen times, and has had 
smallpox twice." 


Now that the city limits have been extended 
so far in the west end it is time to protect from 
fires the residences, the number of which is 
daily increasing in this prosperous section. As 
it now is there is no section of the city so over- 
looked in this respect. When a fire breaks out 
on College Hill or farther out the Fifth street 
department, which is the nearest, has to climb 
a half mile of steep grade, whereas if the station 


WiitA moved to the iieigliborliood of the Eeser- 
voir the trip to any lire would be dowr^ hill, 
and while College Hill and the west end would 
be benefitted, points furtber (h:>wn town (wliich 
are now in reach of other stations) would not 
be removed more than sixty seconds or so fur- 
ther from the station. 

* Is not this suggestion worthy of serious con- 
sideration now by the Public Safety Committee? 
And w^e have not said anything about the 
cruelty to the horses of that fierce up-grade 
run. Attention, 8. P. C. A. 

''That blank page in the February number 
was the best thing you ever wrote."— yl?/ Irish 

On account of lack of time no one has been 
approached in reference to advertising in this 
number of The Idea. No sohciting will be 
done in the future. If you want a page at 
SIO.OO, address The Idea, Lynchburg, Va. 


• Well, it' wo find We have ii<» riglits under the 
Written law we will rest our case on the un- 
written law. 

The case is sini[>ly this : Which is the big£j:er, 
the Constitution of Viri^-inia or Judge Chris- 
tian ? 

As our manuscript t/oes to the printer (Mar. 
2) we, of course, do not know whut the de- 
cision in the contempt case will be. Before this 
edition of The Idea appears the Supreme Court 
will perhaps have rendered its decision. 

In our next (April) number we will have 
something to saj^ about that decision. 

We notice from The ISTews today that Mv. 
Coleman goes to Richmond to help the Com- 
monwealth in the appeal case ''at the instance 
of members of the Lynchburg Bar." Lynch- 
burgers have too much respect for members of 
the Lynchburg bar to think that any of them 
are so very anxious to see the triumph of 

We happen to know that many of the best 


lawyers in Lyiu-libiiror, wliile porhnps feeUnf/ 
sorry for the judge, are not so worked up as to 
fear that he won't 1)6 justly treated at Ricli- 

And we'll venture this assertion: that those 
lawyers who are sending Mr. Coleman to Rich- 
mond would certainly hate for anybody to get 
right up in the yneetitf and tell on 'em. 

And now comes before the Council a com- 
mittee of business men begging that august 
body of business men to please let them oit 
from paying their taxes, such poor in/ant in- 

If we let the manufacturers oft who will have 
to bear that part of the tax burden ? The poor 
man, of course. 

The^wealthy, not satisfied with what they 
have, are going around ber/gittf/ the city fathers 
to make the poor devil pay their taxes for 


Even posing as public benefactors, as one of 
tlieni put it, ^'making a market for the labor of 
men and women." 

Making a slave market! 

Ko commumt^ ever was benefitted by bring- 
ing into it factories to employ women and 
children. A few wealthy men and merchants 
in the community alone are benefitted by it. 

When such a factory comes the standards of 
health, wealth and morals of a community are 

That old argument is used only where the 
speaker is ignorant or where he thinks his 
hearers are. 


A friend — and we love our friends — met us 
on the street the other day and said: "The 
Idea certaijily has been waking 'em up, and 
has done a lot of good, but you had better let 
the whiskey question alone, you'll lose friends 

by it.-' 


Now The Idea aiiit a hankering after friends 
wlio desert us because we saj what we tliink. 
The Idea don't give a continental cuss for what 
tlie whole world thinks, provided we have the 
sweet satisfaction that we are doinij: what we 
think is riij^lit. 

We don't like to say it but believe it is true 
that that is the greatest trouble with the citizens 
of Lynchburo;. Xearlv every man in the town, 
church members included, has so many 
''friends" in the whiskey business and even 
takes a little now and then, and thus looks on the 
wdiiskey question so lightly that he is afraid to 
say publicly what he knows is true, that whis- 
key causes more crime, sorrow and criminal 
expenses than all other agencies of hell com- 

Now we have no hatred for any man who 
disagrees with us even if he engage in the 
nefarious business itself; we are even personally 
agreeal)ly acquainted with several men who 
own or operate barrooms. 

We would befriend rather than hurt them, 
and yet — we say it with sincerest love to 
them — that we would see them in hell rather 
than see their destructive business continue 


which puts in lioll untold niuUitudes niurc 
every year. 

If the Editor of The Idea cared wliat such 
"friends" thought lie never would have heeu 
the Editor of The Idea. 

Now read that two times hefore you cuss. 
It you don't like the language above, don't read 
it. It was written for those that need it. 

Our attention has been repeatedly called to 
the fact that we employ as chief of the Fire 
Department a man who to say the least is not 
suited for the position. 

Any man who will let personal feelings in- 
fluence his public acts is unworthy of a public 
trust, however efficient he may be in the 
mechanical execution of his ordinary duty. 

Abraham Lincoln on Lal)()r and Capital. 

"It is not needed or fitted iiere that a general 
argument should l)e nuide in favor of po[)ular 
institutions; but there is one |)oint, with its 
connections, not so hackneyed as most others, 
to which I ask a brief attention. It is the effort 
to place capital on an equal footing with, if not 


above, labor in the structure of the o'overnineut. 
It is iissunied that labor is available only in 
connection with capital; that nobody labors 
unless somebody else ownini]^ capital somehow, 
by use of it, induces liim to labor. 

*'Labor is prior to and independent of capital. 
Capital is only the fruit of labor, and never 
could have existed if labor had not lirst existed. 
Labor is support ot^cnpital, and deserves much 
the higher consideration. 

The Kecord-Herald, Nov. 4, lirst column, 
first page, declares, by William E. Curtis, that 
city ownership of street car lines covers three-fifths 
of the service in Enrjland, X\\2iXr wofjes Sive Jiif/her, 
yet they still jxiy a protit. In tiie political 
iVispatches '(doctored) the same paper asserts the 
London elections show sweeping defeats for 
7nunicij)al ownership. Why is this thus? Is 
the Herald a liar V 

FOR IiP]NT. — New 6-rooni house on College 
Hill; porcelain bath and well appointed. 
Furnished or unfurnished. Very reasonable 
rates to desirable party. Address B3, care 
Tjie Idea, Lynchburg, Va. 



Vol. I. 

April, 1907 

Being some Sermonettes published 
semi-occasionally about 1 2 times a 
year at Lynchburg or elsewhere 



.>c a Copy or oOc a Year till the price g-oes up 
Adou Ae Yoder, Editor and Publisber 

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that that most important part of the human 
machinery, the teeth, be kept in most perfect 


The old family dentifrice of sixty years ago, 
is her stand-by to-day. It's the proper den- 
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most modem, the best. Every ingredient in 
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Vol. 1 APRIL, 1907 No. 10 

Gotten up by the Minoritj in the 

Interests of the Majority, and Edited 

and Published by Adon A. Yoder 

at Lynchburg-, Virginia 

And thus beginneth the tenth number of THE 
IDEA, wherein are set forth certain notions and 
preachments concerning governments and those in au- 

Since the birth of this little publication on the 
Fourth of July, nineteen hundred and six, these pages 
have advocated many things which had not seen the 
light of day in Lynchburg since first the flight of time 
began, — in fact 'twa heresy to mention them, — ^while 
now they have been adopted. 

We would briefly mention some of them: 

It is a matter of daily comment that during these 
few months the daily newspapers, which were the sub- 
ject of our first lesson, have made wonderful improve- 

Our street lights, which we were told were so out 


of date and old that they could not be made to give 
god service are doing extremely well. 

Our City Councils are now determined to compel 
the Traction Company to put fenders on the cars. 

Our Mayor has put out of commission some houses 
of ill-fame and fined and locked up the proprietors. 

Some of the most crying nuisances have heen 

The city has found that it had no right to let Mr. 
Krise fail to put fire escapes on his building (Tho Mr. 
Krise has not yet obeyed the law). 

Dangerous skids maintained by Main Street mer- 
chants across the sidewalks were removed by the 
Mayor in twenty-four hours after THE IDEA appeared. 

The quality of gas and electric lights have im- 

The preachers have started to preach more boldly 
against existing public evils. 

No longer do we see patent medicine ads appear- 
ing as telegraphic news in the News and Advance. 

Certain nuisances in the way of delayed street im- 
provements were abated as soon as THE IDEA called 
attention to them. 

The Traction Co. has removed its rails from the 
roadway on White Rock Hill. 

And — well, you know of a whole lot of other 
things that have happened which never did happen — ■ 
strange to say — before. 



"The Legislature shall have power to regulate the 
right of the courts to punish for contempt." — Virginia 
Constitution of 1902. 


(Passed in 1904, under the above Constitution.) 

Courts may punish summarily for contempt ONLY 
in the following cases: 

"Misbehavior in the presence of the court, or so 
near thereto as to obstruct or interrupt the administra- 
tion of justice. 

"Violence, or threats of violence, to a judge or 
officer of the court, or to a juror, witness, or party 
going to, attending, or returning from the court, for 
or in respect of any act or proceeding had or to be 
had in such court. 

* ' Obscene, contemptuous, or insulting language 
addressed to a judge for or in respect of any act, or 
proceeding, had, or to be had, in such court, or like 
language used in his presence and intended for his 
hearing, for or in respect of such act or proceeding. 

Misbehavior of an officer of the court in his offi- 
cial character. 

"Disobedience or resistance of an officer of the 
court, juror, witness, or other person to any lawful 
proceess, judgment or decree, or order of said court." 

"We have not seen the magazine article of which 
Judge Christian complains, but our understanding is 
that a judge can not in law summarily punish an edi- 
tor or any person for criticizing him or his acts out- 
side of court, unless such criticism should tend to ob- 
struct, interrupt or otherwise prevent the orderly ad- 
ministration of justice. 

Judge Christian fined and sentenced to jail for 15 
days the editor of The Idea for criticizing his official 
acts, though they were not addressed TO THE COURT, 
and, were, thus, according to the statute, not ground 
for punishment for contempt. 


Section No. 240 of the City Code says: "The 
Chief of Police shall se that all of the ordinances of 
the city are duly obeyed and enforced, and to that end 
THE STREETS and other localities of the city." 

We just want to ask the citizens: "Did you ever 
see Chief Pendleton inspecting out in your locality?" 

"There are some things which should never be 
mentioned in Polite Society: Forinstance, the doings 
of Polite Society." — Hubbard. 



And now behold the ring trying to oust the best 
Senator Lynchburg ever had at Richmond, simply be- 
cause he does not think John Daniel big enough to rep- 
resent the State of Virginia at Washington. 

Mr. Harper, John Daniels's son-in-law, (who is 
himself authority for the statement that the old 
agreement between the city and county to alternate 
for the honor of senator for this section is now null 
and void) has, as chairman of the city democratic 
committee, gone over to Rustburg in the interest of 
Mr. Don. P. Halsey, nephew to the above John Daniel, 
and persuaded the county committee to endorse Mr. 

Of course everybody knows that all this is a bit 
of family wire pulling, and can have but little effect 
on the chances of Senator Thomas. 

The city of Lynchburg is not all jealous of her 
right in this matter for the citizens know that with a 
man like A. F. Thomas to represent them their inter- 
est will be well guarded even if he lived in Ballyhack. 

It is a forgone conclusion that Lynchburg will give 
her vote to Senator Thomas in the coming primary, 
altho Lynchburgers still love Senator Daniel. 

Mr. Thomas don't love Daniel LESS, he simply 
loves good government and you and me MORE. 

Now we have nothing against Don. Halsey, and 


moreover if we thought for a moment that he would 
make one half as good a state senator as Thomas, we'd 
like to vote for him, for then we might find a place big 
enough for Senator Thomas elsewhere, and one where 
he will do more good, but you know as well as we 
that when Halsey went to Richmond to represent us 
his record as a constructive statesman was zero as 
compared with that of Thomas. 

Thomas does things, things for the people. He 
don't care a continental for self so long as he can hit 
a political rascal over the head and it now appears 
to us that this is the reason that the ring is so anxious 
to oust him. 

If you want to get a good idea of the kind of a 
head Senator Thomas has on him read elsewhere in 
this number his article on "contempt." That article 
was written in the interest of the liberty of Virginians 
and not because Thomas cared anything for THE 
IDEA. In fact we have heard that he does not sanc- 
tion our method of attack. He is an older and bigger 
man and hits sledge hammer blows without making 
the rascals sue and issue rules and want to fight. 


Section 8. That in all criminal prosecutions a man 
hath a right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury 


of his vicinage, without whose unanimous consent he 
can not be found guilty. And that the General As- 
sembly may provide for the trial of offenses not pun- 
ishable by death, or confinement in the penitentiary, 
by a justice of the peace, without a jury, preserving in 
all such case the right of the accused to an appeal to 
and trial by jury in the circuit or Corporation Court. 

By Hon. A. F. Thomas, State Senator From Lynchburg- 

The following is clipped from the Times-Dispatch. 
— Editor. 

Editor of The Times-Dispatch: 

Sir: Judge Christian's decision in Yoder's case 
will likely raise some very interesting fundamental 
questions that have not yet been passed upon by the 
Court of Appeals. The State government is the 
creature of the Constitutional Convention. It created 
three co-ordinate branches — legislative, the judicial 
and the executive. Each has its own sphere. Neither 
has any "inherent" right to do anything, and can 
only exercise such powers within its sphere as the Con- 
stitution permits by special grant, or fails to prohibit. 
The judiciary is in no sense superior to the others, as 
Its powers are derived from the same source and its 
limitations are defined by the same rules of construe- 

tion as obtain in the other cases. In the absence of 
constitutional restrictions,, it may exercise, under the 
common law, such powers carry out the necessary to 
effectively out the purpose of its creation; but when 
the Constitution speaks the common law must remain 
silent, and the judiciary must confine its acts to those 
things within the constitutional limitations, or become 
itself a violator of the law. 

The Virginia Constitution, section 63, says: "The 
General Assembly may regulate the exercise by courts 
of the right to punish for contempt." 

It goes further in the schedule, and provides in 
section 1: The common law and the statute laws in 
force at the time this Constitution goes into effect, so 
far as not repugnant thereto or repealed thereby, shall 
remain in force until they expire by their own limita- 
tion, or are altered or repealed by the General As- 

The General Assembly, acting under the specific 
and general authority of the Consitution, cited above, 
during the session of 1904, passed the present statute 
regulating the exercise of the court's right to punish 
for contempt. No case involving the present consti- 
tutional, provisions and the statute passed under their 
authority has been brought before the Court of Ap- 
peals for adjudication. 


Admitting, as was held in Carter's case, that the 
General Assembly, of itself had no power to limit the 
common law right of the judiciary to punish for con- 
tempt, Yoder's case comes under a different section of 
the Constitution, which expressly empowers the Gen- 
eral Assembly to place such limitations upon the 
court's right to exercise this power. The Constitution 
having empowered the General Assembly to regulate 
the matter, the scope of the court's authority must be 
found in the statute. 

The common law obtains only to the extent that 
the General Assembly does not substitute statute law 
therefor. To deny the power of the Constitutional 
Convention to provide a method for changing or abol- 
ishing the common law would be equivalent to saying 
that there was no way by which a free people might 
frame a government to suit themselves. I doubt if any 
well informed lawyer would undertake to sustain such 
a proposition. 

In Carter's case, the opinion hung entirely upon 
the court's right to ppnish contempt under the com- 
mon law, but the court, in a remarkably clear and 
pointed way, pointed out the true relation of the 
judiciary to the other branches of government, and 
sustained fully the power of the people through the 
Constitution to limit and define the spheres of each. 

Carter's case, 96 Va., 800, the court says; "The 


power to punish for contempts is inherent in the 
courts, and is conferred upon them hy the Constitution 
hy the very act of their creation. It is a trust con- 
fided and a duty imposed upon by the sovereign people, 
which we cannot surrender or suffer to be impaired 
without being recreant to our duty. ' ' 

In the same opinion, page 812, the court says: "In 
our system of government all power and authority are 
derived from the people. They have seen fit by 
organic law to distribute the power of government 
among three great co-ordinate departments — the execu- 
tive, legislative and the judicial. The Constitution of 
the State, which is the law to all, declares in the sev- 
enth section of the first article that "the legislative, 
executive and judicial powers should be separate and 
distinct. ' ' 

This is a quotation from the Bill of Rights, an 
instrument which should never be mentioned save with 
the reverence due to the great character of our liber- 
ties. Of such importance is this principle deemed that 
it is repeated, and constitutes a distinct article, which 
declares that "the legislative, executive and judiciary 
departments shall be separate and distinct, so that 
neither exercise the powers properly belonging to 
either of the others; nor shall any person exercise the 
power of more than one of them at the same time, 
except as hereinafter provided." — Constitution of Vir- 


ginia, Article II. 

"Whoever, therefore, belongs to either one of 
these great departments is an agent and servant of a 
common master; and each and all represent a part of 
the sovereignty of the State, so long as they move 
within the appropriate sphere prescribed to them by 
the organic law." 

Bardett's case, 103 Va., is simply a reaffirmation 
of Carter's case, and the court, page 848 says: "Such 
being the common law applicable to the case, the 
courts of Virginia are bound to administer it until it 
has been changed by competent authority." 

This competent authority having changed it, there 
is no longer in the Virginia courts the power under the 
the common law to punish for contempt. They must 
now rely upon and be limited by the provisions of the 
statute. In Joseph Jutton vs. the State Corporation 
Commission of Virginia, rendered Aug. 17, 1906, the 
court held: "The legislative department acknowedged 
no superior except the Federal and State Constitutions, 
and its authority to enact laws, unless forbidden by one 
or the other of these instruments. 

In the same opinion it says further: "Moreover, 
there is an obvious distinction between the construc- 
tion of grants of power by the Federal Constitution to 
Congress and grants of power by the State Constitu- 
tion to the General Assembly. In the first case, the 


grant is the sole source of congressional power, and 
is, therefore, to he construed strictly; while in the 
latter the grant being merely declaratory of pre- 
existent power, is to he construed liberally. In the 
one instance the expositor must search for constitu- 
tional sanction authorizing the enactment; in the other 
the question must be for constitutional limitation for- 
bidding it." 

It is a well settled doctrine that the courts can- 
not deal with the policy of the law. With the wis- 
dom or unwisdom of it hey have nothing to do. The 
Constitution gave he power and the Legislature ex- 
ercised it, and the courts will no doubt observe it. 

Under the statute, no publication in reference to 
the court or judge, can be made contempt. 

Lunchburg, Va. 


Whose these poems and this music? 
Whose these glad and joyous verses? 
Who the author of these love songs? 
And these sweet and happy wooings? 
Who inspired by God of heaven 
So to write and cheer and help us 
On to nobler acts and doings? 


And the answer, glad and quickly, 

Wafted to me on the breezes. 

From the birds of God's wide forest, 

Whom he sang to and delighted 

From the beast and brook and forest. 

From the flowers and hills and valleys, 

Still echoing with his music, 

Comes upon the evening zephyrs, 

As in silence I await it. 

And I listen to their whispering, 

To the whispering of the breezes. 

To the low voice of the zephyrs, 

And the answer that they bring me 

Fills my soul with sweet remembrance, 

Fills my soul with recollections 

Of the days long since departed, 

When, sweet name! learned to lisp it 

At the knee of loving mother 

And the answer wafted to me 

By the breezes and the zephyrs. 

Was "The author of this music. 

These glad songs and happy verses, 

Was Longfellow the sweet singer: 

He the sweetest of all singers; 

Sweeter than good Chibiabos, 

Whom he wrote of in the wooings 

Of the mighty Hiawatha, 


He the grandest of the poets, 
Grandest of all bards and singers 
Of the wide and new born West-world." 
And the zephyrs, gentle zephyrs, 
Told me how he taught all nature 
Its sweet tones and voices joyful, 
When they begged him as the brook did 
In the woodland, "O Longfellow, 
'Teach my waves to flow in music, 
Softly as your words in singing'!" 
And the blue bird, gay in plumage. 
Envious, begged him, "O Longfellow, 
'Teach me tones as wild and wayward. 
Teach me songs as full of frenzy ' ! " 
And the whippoorwill, the night hawk, 
Sobbing, begged him, "O Longfellow, 
'Teach me tones as melancholy, 
Teach me songs as full of sadness'!" 
E'en the glad and cheerful robin. 
Joyous, begged him, ' ' O Longfellow, 
'Teach me tones as sweet and tender 
Teach me songs as full of gladness'!" 
"All the many sounds of nature 
Borrowed sweetness from his singing. 
All the hearts of men were softened 
By the pathos of his music." 
When the whisperings of the breezes 


Ceased and lulled themselves to alienee, 

Then I turned me to my duty, 

Filled with joy and glad thanksgiving ^ 

That this poet and sweet singer 

Once had lived among the mortals." 

Jan. 9, '99. 

We have repeatedly urged in these columns the 
absolute need of a better form of city government for 

Why not do what Richmond is doing as shown 
by the following clipping from the Times-Dispatch. 


The resolution of Alderman Dabney that a com- 
mittee from the Council and Board, including the 
Mayor, be appointed to investigate ways and means 
of municipal government elsewhere meets with the 
hearty approval of The Times-Dispatch. Mr. Dabney, 
we understand, is favorable to a general board of con- 
trol, which shall have full charge of all the purely 
business affairs of the municipality. Galveston and 
other cities have tried this plan with great satisfac- 
tion and success, and if it operates well elsewhere, it 
should operate well in Richmond. 

Richmond has managed, but she should be satis- 


fied with nothing short of the best. The "brightest men 
of the age have given the subject of municipal gov- 
ernment profound study, and great improvements have 
been made in consequence. Richmond should at least 
be at pains to make diligent inquiry and ascertain if 
there be better systems than hers; and if she finds a 
better, she should adopt it. We hope the Dabney 
resolution will be adopted. 

Talking about drifting with the crowd and being 
careful "what others THINK" read below what 
Benjamin DeCassares says in the February Cosmopoli- 

"What will other people think?" is the the most 
cowardly phase in use in society. 

Only weak men stand in fear of the censure of the 


A man who lives, moves, and has his being in 
other people's opinions has not risen to the level of 
animal intelligence. The dog and horse are at least 
sincere and natural in all their acts. 

Why not dress your life before your own mirror? 

Look for your reflection in your own mind. There 
is a secret judge of all your acts within you. Con- 
science is your private opinion of yourself. 



Why "borrow a thing when you possess it yourself? 
What does it matter what others think of your actions? 
What do you think of them? 

Some men crouch, crawl, and skulk all their lives. 
They run like sheep before somebody's opinion, though 
they would return blow for blow if they were attacked 
on the highway. 

They are larded, greased, and curled wax figures. 
Whenever they move you know that Public Opinion 
has pulled a wire somewhere. When they speak you 
know what they will say.__They are not men enough 
to offend. 

The ogre. Public Opinion, slays more originality 
and individuality than all the barbarous superstitious 
codes put together. It is the modern Moloch before 
which we all meekly bend. 

That shameful hypocrisy which permeates society 
everywhere. We lie from morning until night, and 
pretend to things we abhor. 

Turn once upon that lazy braggart, Public Opin- 
ion, and see it scamper away. 

It is our latest idol, the modern social Jugger 

There are a lot of folks that turn up their noses when 
the word "Socialism" is mentioned just as there were 


a lot of folks that turned up their noses at Thomas 
Jefferson's ideas of "Democracy" and yet it was the 
reading of Socialist Literature that led Tom Johnson, 
the capitalist, to give Cleveland, Ohio, the best city 
government in America. The people of Cleveland pay 
only 3 cents car-fare, because the city owns the car 


I don't see why they make him go 

Up there to Washington; 
It isn't there, as they should know, 

His greatest work is done. 
Of course these duties are a test 

And keep him on the jump, 
But you should see him at his best, 

A hurlin' on the stump! 

We need him here to tell us how 

To run things as we should. 
To smooth the sorrow from each brow 

With making wise an' good; 
I wish he'd linger round an' cheer 

Our spirits as they fail. 
His speeches? He could make 'em here 

And send 'em on by mail! 

Washington Star. 


"Have patience, ourselves are full 
Of social wrong; and may be wildest dreams 
Are but the needful preludes of the truth: 
For me the genial day, the happy crowd. 
The sport half conscious, fill me with a faith. 
This fine old world of ours is but a child 
Yet in its go-cart. Patience! Give it time 
To learn its limbs: there is a hand that guides.' 




100 boys for new customers. 

Most of our old customers are rapidly dropping 

10 committed suicide last week. 

20 are in jaii — 8 are in the cbaingang. 

15 were sent to the poor-house — and one was 

3 were sent to the insane asylum. 

Most of the balance ain't worth fooling with — 
they"ve got no money. 

We are just obliged to have new customers — fresh 
young blood, or we will have to shut up shop. 

Don't make any difference whose boy you are — ^we 
need you. 

You will be welcome. 

If you once get started with us we guarantee to 
hold you. 

Our goods are sure. 

Come early — stay late. 

Lynchburg Saloons, Proprietors. 




'^^^ HAT anyone who is careful in spending 
4^1 his money will not have occasion to be dis- 
satisfied with his actions if he looks first 
at the FURNITURE and prices at 

A. A. McCORKLE - Furniture, Stoves 

"All's well that ends well" 

Dinner will end so well if the 


are from 




March 13th, 1907. 
Mr. Adon Yoder, 

Lynchburg, Va. 
Dear Sir: We are in on the April issue, one 
page, same position as before, with the enclosed copy, 
Which please set-up in your usual attractive style. 
Yours very truly, 


The above speaks for itself. Therefore send us 
your ad today. We have not got time to come around 
and ask you for it. We are virtually giving it away, 
as it is. Do YOU know a good thing when you see it? 

HT the corner of 1 1th and Main is 
an'3Vrtl5l*5 Stu6lo (and there's 
a difference between an artist and a mere 
photographer). When you have your 
picture taken you want something artistic 

ERGO SEE ^l^^coWe 


A Contractor with One Arm 

^lAfter all, its head work and not hand 
work that makes a good contractor. It 
gives The Idea pleasure to recommend 
the head work of Mr. Puckett. 

Phone 1708 321 Wordsworth 

"If the hollow of your foot make a hole in de groun 

De aint no Virginny blood in you ; 
My folks* instep rise up lak a moun/ 

And de QUALITY am shown in de shoe.* 

'd)^ ^arr^ Sljoe for Ouallti? 

~X>r-g (BoQbs anb ^lotions Oib Cor. Uth & Main